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Wear your support for family farmers #FarmAid

Friday, January 24th, 2020

“Our store is stocked with previously sold-out merchandise! Get your Farm Aid shirts and hats now before they’re gone for good.”


Willie Nelson and Family, Farm Aid 2019

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

Are you a farmer? (Farm Aid Resource Network is there for you)

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Resources For Farmers

Farmer Resource Network

If you are a farmer, Farm Aid is here for you!

We have more than 30 years of experience working with farmers – whether you’re looking to expand your farm or you’re in need of emergency resources. When you contact Farm Aid, our goal is to connect you with helpful services, resources and opportunities specific to your individual needs. Our Farmer Resource Network offers many ways for you to connect.

Connect with An Organization

Use our search tool to find an organization that provides the specific assistance and resources you need.

Our online directory contains more than 750 organizations all over the United States that work directly with farmers on a variety of issues.

Explore our Resources

  • Take a look at our Farmer Resource Guides, where we point to some of our favorite resources for farmers
  • Read our Farmer Hero stories for inspiration and ideas from farmers across the country

Talk with Farm Aid

If you prefer one-on-one assistance,you can get in touch with our Farmer Services team, by filling out our Online Request for Assistance form.

If you need to talk to someone directly, we are here to listen. You can call our farmer hotline at 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243). Farmer Services staff answer the hotline Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern time.

Support Farm Aid, enter to win ticket to Willie Nelson’s Luck, TX ranch

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Dear Linda,

We’ve teamed up with Omaze to give you the chance to win a trip to meet Willie Nelson at Luck Reunion, the music festival he hosts each March in his Texas backyard! The best part: All donations support Farm Aid.

If you win, you and a friend will fly to Texas and stay in a 4-star hotel. On Wednesday night, March 18th,  you’ll kick things off with a catered dinner (called PotLuck) in Willie’s backyard, where you’ll snap a photo with him and score an autographed guitar. You’ll also enjoy a performance by Willie for a crowd so small you’ll feel like he’s singing just to you. On Thursday, March 19th, you’ll take in everything the Luck Reunion festival has to offer, including a full day of musical performances by Willie Nelson and his super talented friends.LEARN MORE AND ENTER TO WIN!

Get ready to discover awesome music, check out Austin’s best food trucks, enjoy complimentary drinks and soak in the good vibes Willie Nelson is known for. Every donation will support Farm Aid and our mission of building a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.HANG OUT IN WILLIE’S BACKYARD. ENTER NOW!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

In my last note to you, I shared stories of strength and determination from family farmers we met this year at Farm Aid 2019. I’d like to introduce you to a few more Wisconsin farmers who give me hope.

The farm economy currently pays farmers less than it costs them to produce the food they grow and raise for us, but these farmers—and so many more, all across the country—are not giving up. Like these farmers, Farm Aid isn’t giving up either. We’re standing with farmers like the Paris family and Dave Dolan because we don’t have a future without family farmers.A GIFT OF $75 WILL HELP FARM AID KEEP FAMILY FARMERS ON THE LAND

Bert and Trish Paris and their daughter Meaghan Farrell of Paris Family Farm in Belleville, WI, are at the forefront of regenerative agriculture. They raise their dairy cows on pasture and farm in ways that nourish soil health to stop climate change. “We can be part of the solution to climate change rather than the cause,” said Bert.

For the Paris family, “regenerative” doesn’t just refer to sustainable soil practices. “Grazing our cows has helped us survive and now has helped our daughter make the decision to join the farm. How great is that?” Trish said proudly.

Dave Dolan of Dolan Farms in Dodgeville, WI, is part of the Artisan Grain Collaborative. The collaborative connects grain farmers, local millers, bakers and eaters to bring back local grain production. Their members know that working together means more to the places they live than just good soil health. By helping family farmers find ways to market and distribute what they produce, they’re creating economic health within their communities. 

As Dave said, “The majority of money that I make is spent locally, so it’s nice to see a product like this sold in the community that I’m a part of.”JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING FAMILY FARMERS

Farm Aid is dedicated to bringing together determined people who are fighting for family farm agriculture. When we support family farmers we all benefit—our climate, our communities, our families, and ourselves. Thank you for being part of Farm Aid, and for showing your continued support today.  

Stay Strong and Positive,

Willie Nelson

Illinois Organizations receive 2019 Farm Aid Grants

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
by: Marilyn Halstead

CARBONDALE — On Sept. 12, 1985, three musicians and their musical colleagues took to the stage in a 12-hour concert at Memorial Stadium on the University of Illinois campus for a purpose dear to their hearts — to help family farms.

Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and their organization, Farm Aid, have raised $57 million since that first concert to support family farms. As John Mellencamp said in “Pink Houses,” “ain’t that America?”

Last week, five Illinois organizations, including Food Works in Southern Illinois, received grants from Farm Aid totaling $27,000.

Food Works, based in Carbondale, received $5,000 to increase the viability of beginning, sustainable family farms through Southern Illinois Farming Alliance of sustainable farmers. The alliance hosts field days, workshops and gatherings to give farmers an opportunity to share knowledge on a variety of sustainable farming topics.

“The Farm Aid grant will be funding SI Farming Alliance and the work they do,” Food Works Executive Director Jennifer Paulson said. “Each year we host a Farm Beginnings program. As part of that program, we bring those young people into SI Farming Alliance, connecting beginning farmers with established farmers who are looking to give back and steward the next generation of farmers.” 

Other Illinois grantees include:

Illinois Stewardship Alliance in Springfield received $7,000 to advocate for state legislative priorities in 2020 and expand capacity to engage members and develop leaders.

The Land Connection in Champaign received $5,000 to support the Farmer Training Program, which provides farmers with the support, tools and networking to begin farming and increase the longevity and success of their operations.

Angelic Organics Learning Center in Caledonia received $5,000 to support holistic training for beginning farmers, provide opportunities for socially disadvantaged individuals, and develop the next generation of consumers who create demand for sustainable agriculture.

Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water in Vermont received $5,000 to assist small farmers and rural residents fighting against the siting of factory farms in their communities, while organizing and galvanizing them to campaign for legislative reform.

“Farm Aid started right here in central Illinois at the height of the 80’s farm crisis,” Liz Moran Stelk, executive director of Illinois Stewardship Alliance, said. “This year’s devastating losses from extreme weather, low commodity prices and a trade war combined to create a new crisis for farmers and Illinois rural communities. Support from Farm Aid will help farmers and eaters educate policymakers on the urgent need to support local food, address the climate crisis and make a just transition to regenerative agriculture.”

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.

Farm Aid issues grants to nonprofits that serve family farmers in one of three areas: growing the good food movement, helping farmers thrive and taking action to change the food and farm system, according to a news release from the organization.

“Our goal is to create real change in our farm and food system, from the ground up,” Farm Aid President Willie Nelson said. “Farm Aid grantees strengthen family farmers, they build communities that can support each other in hard times, and they organize people to stand up and challenge corporate power in our food system. These are essential activities that benefit everyone — eaters and farmers.”

For a complete list of Farm Aid’s 2019 grant recipients, visit

Learn more about Food Works and Southern Illinois Farming Alliance at or by calling 618-370-3287.

Win tickets to Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion #FarmAid

Thursday, December 19th, 2019


Farm Aid@FarmAid

We’ve teamed up with @omaze to give you the chance to win a trip to meet @WillieNelson at his Luck Reunion, the music festival he hosts in his own country western movie set in his backyard in Texas!

No purchase or donation required to enter.…

Farm Aid supports “Land Loss Prevention Project”, to help black farmers in NC

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Willie Nelson signs checks for family farmers #FarmAid

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 2019

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Farm Aid accomplishments 2019; Farm Aid Goals for 2020

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Thanks to generous supporters, Farm Aid is able to do our work to strengthen family farmers. It’s been another deeply challenging year for farmers – due to low crop prices, terrible natural disasters, policy disruptions and our political climate. We know we have our work cut out for us in 2020, but with your support we’ll be able to accomplish our goals. We’re not giving up, because farmers need us, and we all need farmers!

In 2020, we’ll:

  • Connect farmers with the resources they need to stay on the land;
  • Train new farm advocates to provide emotional, legal and financial expertise to farmers in crisis;
  • Fight for family farmers and rural residents to make sure state and federal policies reflect their interests and well-being; 
  • Gather engaged farmers, advocates and activists to work together to address challenges like factory farms and the dairy crisis;
  • Better equip farmers to recover from natural disasters;
  • Make sure farmer voices are heard loud and clear in Washington, D.C. and at the state and local levels;
  • Celebrate family farmers and the good food they bring us.

This is a long to-do list, but we can do it together!


In 2019, with your help, Farm Aid:

  • Connected directly to hundreds of family farmers in need through our Farmer Resource Network and hotline;
  • Helped new farmers access credit, resources and know-how to start farming;
  • Shined a spotlight on the farm economy crisis and the ways that stress is hurting farm families;
  • Supported family farmers as they transitioned to ways of farming that take care of the soil and water in their communities;
  • Granted more than $1 million to strengthen farmers, farm advocates and farm organizations across the country;
  • Brought farmer voices to Washington, D.C., to fight for policies that level the playing field for independent family farmers;
  • Acted immediately to assist farmers and ranchers when natural disasters, like historic flooding, struck;
  • Brought together 30,000 people to rally for family farm agriculture at Farm Aid 2019 in East Troy, WI. At pre-events we gathered farmers, eaters, policymakers, advocates and activists to work together for justice and change. On festival day, we shined a spotlight on family farmers, served family farm food to everyone, front and back of house, and dug into hands-on activities that celebrate the culture of agriculture!


All of this tenacious work makes a real difference in the lives of farm families, and all of us who eat. We can’t do this work without you. Please make a donation to Farm Aid today!

When we strengthen family farmers, we are all stronger!

Thank you,

Carolyn Mugar
Executive Director, Farm Aid JOIN US IN 2020

“Farmers: they’re the folks that feed us,” — Willie Nelson

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

As you know, family farm agriculture is in danger. Farm income has been cut in half and the number of farms in this country has fallen to its lowest number ever. It would be easy for me to write about all the obstacles farmers are up against. But instead, I want to share the stories of strength and determination we heard from family farmers at Farm Aid 2019 in Wisconsin. These farmers make me hopeful.

At our Farm Aid 2019 press event, we showcased a group of determined dairy farmers who started the Dairy Together movement to fix our broken dairy system. One of those people is Sarah Lloyd of Nelson Family Dairy Farm in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Sarah’s pushing for a way to better manage milk production. “Dairy farmers are not getting paid a fair price,” she said. “The only real way for us to get our prices to come up is for all of us to work together.”

Like Sarah, we’re determined to make a difference for family farmers, but we need your support to continue this critical work.

For many, being connected to the land and growing food is about continuing the cultural traditions of their ancestors. Toni House and Laura Manthe of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, told us about their effort to teach the next generation to cultivate white corn so that their foodways can never be lost or taken again. “When you don’t have land to grow food, you can’t carry on your culture and you can’t carry on your traditions,” said Laura.

I’m asking you to give now so that Farm Aid can continue our work to keep family farmers a vibrant part of our communities. A DONATION IS A GIFT OF HOPE FOR FAMILY FARMERS

Farm Aid is bringing together people who are fighting for family farm agriculture. When we support family farmers we all benefit – our climate, our communities, our families, and ourselves. We’re not giving up and we know you won’t either – not when there’s so much at stake. Won’t you join me in this mission?

Please consider a gift to Farm Aid to honor the strength and determination of family farmers.

Stay Strong and Positive,

Willie Nelson 

Happy Thanksgiving from Farm Aid

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
Willie Nelson recites the Lord’s Prayer at Farm Aid 14 in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Scott Sharpe)