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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, 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

“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.

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

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

[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.


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

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.


Farm Aid supports family farmers

Monday, January 27th, 2020

Last year was a big one for us: Farm Aid provided $1 million in grants! To be precise, we granted $1,005,898 to farm and food organizations and farm families around the country. In 2020, the need is still great. We’ve already committed $10,000 to help Puerto Rican farmers navigate the road to recovery following recent earthquakes on the island.

We are so inspired by our 2019 grantees, a group of grassroots farm and rural service groups working to keep farmers on the land. We prioritized organizations confronting the farm crisis, working on solutions to climate change, building power through rural organizing, and fighting factory farms.

Farm Aid President Willie Nelson proudly signed each grant check: 

“Our goal is to create real change in our farm and food system, from the ground up. 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.”


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.