Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

Willie Nelson, “Still is Still Moving to Me” (Farm Aid 30)

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating extreme challenges and uncertainty for all of us. But, our essential food producers and workers are doing their part each day by growing the good food we need for every meal and making sure that it finds its way to our tables.To do this work, we need your help. Please give today. The time to build a resilient family farm food system is now!

Farm Aid’s mission is to cultivate a vibrant, just and resilient family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. With music as our inspiration and farmers as our heroes, we envision a transformed America in which family farmers and citizens are active partners in a thriving food system that ensures farmers a fair living, justly nourishes people and communities, protects and sustains natural resources, and secures a prosperous future for all. Website

Farm Aid stands with Black communities

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

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Farm Aid stands in solidarity with Black communities working for justice in the face of systemic racism and violence. We must be vocal and clear in our opposition to all racist acts of violence, and the institutions that perpetuate white supremacy. The most recent instances of violence against Black people, violence against protestors, and the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 are a part of a long history of racism and injustice in this country.

Farm Aid’s vision—of a transformed America in which family farmers and eaters are partners in a thriving farm and food system that benefits all—is not possible without actively being part of the struggle for racial equity and justice.

We are on an active journey of learning how to better live up to our values and take stronger action to end racism in our society, and in our farm and food system. We are committed to listening, learning and deepening our work to advance racial equity and justice.

Today, Farm Aid commits to:

  • Promoting agricultural policies and actions for racial equity and centering the leadership of Black communities.
  • Sharing tools and resources with our audience to expose how racism is embedded in our farm and food system—especially through corporate control of agriculture—and how we can all work to end it.
  • Using our platform to listen to and amplify Black voices, both those fighting for justice in the food and farm system, and our society as a whole.
  • Spotlighting Black-led farmer organizational partners and reaching out to organizations and farmers with whom we are not yet working.
  • Continuing our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work as a staff to inform our work as an organization and as individuals.
  • Creating an ever-more inclusive community.

We invite your questions, suggestions and concerns. Please contact racialjustice@farmaid.org.

Billy Joe Shaver, “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal”

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Billy Joe Shaver performs “I’m Just an Old Chunk, But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday” live at the Farm Aid concert in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 18, 1994.

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org.

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

Pete Seeger at Farm Aid, “This Land is Your Land”

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Pete Seeger performs “This Land is Your Land” with Farm Aid board artists John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young live at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013.

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit: http://farmaid.org/youtube Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

At Home With Farm Aid raises $500K for Family Farmers

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Farm Aid: Keep America Growing

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Saturday, April 11th, 2020

Farm Aid Live tonight (and more on Sunday)

Saturday, April 11th, 2020

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson host At Home With Farm Aid broadcast (April 11, 2020)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Willie Nelson and sons Lukas and Micah will host a broadcast of At Home with Farm Aid on Saturday, April 11 at 3 pm Mountain Standard Time. The live, hour-long performance will feature Farm Aid Board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthew. The event is a special benefit concert for family farmers impacted by effects of COVID-19.

Farm Aid, the non-profit organization whose mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America and AXS TV, the premier U.S. cable channel for music programming, presents a special broadcast of an intimate performance.

The unique concert captures the quartet as they each tune in from their own homes and studios to deliver an unforgettable night of music that viewers will not want to miss.

At Home With Farm Aid airs as part of AXS TV’s new “@Home And Social” initiative-an ongoing series giving artists a platform to broadcast live performances from their homes and studios directly to their fans, with proceeds supporting those in need as a result of the coronavirus.

Viewers can enjoy the simulcast on AXS TV and at www.farmaid.org, as well as across the Network’s various social media platforms.

For more than three decades, Farm Aid has worked diligently to build a dynamic family farm-centered agricultural system benefiting farms both big and small. Now, with COVID-19 presenting farmers across the country with a new set of challenges to overcome, Farm Aid is responding immediately to invest in farmer-led solutions to the COVID-19 crisis; make emergency grants to farmers and ranchers in need; create comprehensive resources for farmers; connect farmers to legal, financial, and mental health support resources; support local, state, and national farm organizations; and advocate for COVID-19 recovery funds and resources from the federal government for short-term relief and long-term resilience.

To make a donation so that Farm Aid can support and strengthen our farmers, please visitwww.farmaid.org/donate

“The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us. One of its many impacts is that it has helped us to better see the value of essential people like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers, and farmers and ranchers,” said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson.

“Farm Aid has worked for 35 years to build a family farm centered agricultural system, and we are here now to support farmers and ranchers in this crisis, without whom we could not eat. The time to build a resilient family farm food system is now!” 

“Farmers have given so much to America,” said Sarah Weidman, Head of Original Programming, Development and Multi-Platform Content for AXS TV. “With COVID-19 putting the farming industry to the ultimate test, it’s our turn to give back. AXS TV is proud to continue our partnership with Farm Aid to bring our viewers this incredible event, hosted by four of rock, country, and folk’s most influential icons. We hope that it will provide some much-needed entertainment during this time, while also informing people everywhere of the crisis impacting our farmers, the essential services farmers bring us, and what people can do to help.” 

Additionally, viewers can relive powerhouse performances from Nelson, Mellencamp, Young, Matthews  and more when AXS TV presents The Best Of Farm Aid 2019 on Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The two-and-a-half-hour special compiles footage from AXS TV’s live broadcast of the 2019 festival, giving viewers the best seat in the house for hit-packed sets from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTanya TuckerMargo PriceYola and Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, among others, as well as Bonnie Raitt‘s previously-unaired performance of “Devil Got My Woman”-seen now for the first time on television.

About Farm AidFarm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised nearly $60 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

About AXS TVAXS TV is a leading music, entertainment, sports and lifestyle U.S. cable network controlled by Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., and originally founded by entrepreneur Mark Cuban. The network is currently available in 50 million homes and on digital platforms, including Philo, Sling TV and AT&T TV NOW. AXS TV’s programming appeals to an impassioned fanbase, delivering eclectic content in a wide variety of areas including music performances, celebrity interviews, documentaries, pop culture, combat sports, and professional wrestling.

For more information, see www.axs.tv, or follow the network on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram. Press information is available at axstvmediacenter.com

Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome (April 7, 1990) (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
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[Thanks to Phil Weisman for this cool Heartland Newspaper, with Farm Aid IV headlines.]

Willie Nelson will be joined by over 30 performers and entertainers for Farm Aid IV at the Hoosier Dome on April 7.  Their efforts will address the needs of the American farm family.

Rest in paradise, Kenny Rogers

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Farm Aid V (March 14, 1992) (Irving, Texas)

Saturday, March 14th, 2020
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Thanks to Janis Tillerson, for sharing a photo of her ticket from Farm Aid V , Irving, TX, March 14, 1992.

Willie Nelson and Family (Farm Aid 2019)

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Support Farm Aid, enter to win chance to meet Willie Nelson at Luck

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

It’s your very last chance to enter to meet Willie Nelson at Luck Reunion, the exclusive music festival he hosts at his ranch. One lucky winner and their guest will be flown out to Texas to meet Willie, receive a signed guitar and enjoy everything the festival has to offer. 

We’re so grateful for Willie Nelson’s generosity and to all of you who have already participated. Fundraisers like this help us build a system of agriculture that values family farmers, good food, soil and water, and strong communities.

Go here to: HANG OUT IN WILLIE’S BACKYARD. ENTER NOW!

For your chance to win, enter here and score 50 extra entries with promo code LUCK50.

This is all to support Farm Aid, and you can donate as little as $10. So what are you waiting for? Enter before it’s too late!

Saturday, February 15th, 2020
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It’s always fun to hear what artists think of the different aspects of Farm Aid. At the most recent Farm Aid festival this past September, we got that chance with Dave Matthews.

We found him backstage and sat down to chat about the food served at Farm Aid and how it affects both farmers and festivalgoers alike.

HEAR WHAT DAVE MATTHEWS THINKS ABOUT HOMEGROWN CONCESSIONS®