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Farm Aid looks back at 2015

Friday, February 5th, 2016

by Jessica Kurn

As the old adage goes, hindsight is 20/20. So to kick off 2016, we’re taking a look back at 2015 and learning from the year.

From a rocking concert that kicked off our 30th year, to popular efforts to shift policy, to an innovative new website, 2015 was a meaningful year for Farm Aid. Below are a few things that caught our attention.


In 2015, Farm Aid brought on four new staff members! One of those is Jennie Msall, who fields hotline calls from farmers as our Farm Advocate. Some farmers are looking for financial and business counseling, some are transitioning to organic methods, and this past year Jennie received many calls from farmers dealing with natural disasters (like farmers in South Carolina, where record rainfall caused farm losses upwards of $300 million).


Our travel to Illinois for the concert introduced us to some impressive Farmer Heroes. There’s Darius Jones, a charismatic, Chicago, urban farmer. We also met the Kilgus and Schneider families, who operates an innovative and sustainable hydroponic farm in Strawn, IL. And last, but not least, we got to know Andrea Hazzard in Pecatonica, IL, who grows heirloom varieties and ancient grains, and touts the art of seed-saving as one of her farm’s sustainability measures.


This year we thanked our valued partners and grantees for the boots-on-the-ground work that they do across the country. We highlighted many of them in our beautiful online grant quilt, and we’ll be adding squares for our 2015 grantees.

Read entire article here.

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Farm Aid 2006 (Tweeter Center)

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 2012

Friday, January 29th, 2016


Farm Aid 30 and the Homegrown Village

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Here’s a chance to win a Gibson Guitar autographed by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews to benefit #FarmAid

Thursday, January 14th, 2016


One-of-a-Kind Gibson Les Paul Guitar Autographed by Farm Aid 2015 Artists: WillieNelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, and More.

Les Paul himself couldn’t have dreamed of a better lineup to bless this iconic guitar. On this unique piece of memorabilia, you’ll find autographs by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves and the entire cast from this Farm Aid 2015’s benefit concert in Chicago. Personalized during the concert backstage, this is the collectible to rule them all.

In a vintage sunburst and Gibson’s immediately recognizable mahogany body design, play your own version of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” or put it on the pedestal it deserves. Either way your new guitar will go a long way to help out Farm Aid, dedicated to keeping family farmers on their land.

Deserving of a place in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, this ultra-rare Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by the Farm Aid 2015 concert lineup can be yours.

Also up for auction is a

See the auction here.  

Or if you don’t want to bid on the guitar, you can support Farm Aid and family farmers through

Support Family Farmers; Support #FarmAid

Monday, January 11th, 2016


Farm Aid 30 Special broadcast on Cable Channel AXS TV tonight (Jan. 10, 2016)

Sunday, January 10th, 2016


Join us for the television premiere of Farm Aid 30 this Sunday, January 10 on AXS TV!

The 90-minute special presentation features performances from Farm Aid’s 30th anniversary concert and epic performances from the Farm Aid archives. Click here to find AXS TV in your local area, and tune in at 8 pm EST/7 pm CST on Sunday, January 10.



We’re counting down the days and getting in the spirit of Farm Aid 30 again and we hope you will too! For a chance to win Farm Aid prizes, show us how you’re getting ready and supporting family farmers and good food. Post your photos and video to our Facebook page or on Instagram and Twitter and tag them #Road2FarmAid. We’ll choose our favorite posts and award Farm Aid swag, including t-shirts, water bottles and farmers market totes.

Actions that may seem simple can add up to make a big difference.

To get you started, here’s what we’re doing to get ready for Farm Aid 30 on Sunday!

  • Listening to this Spotify playlist of the Farm Aid artists featured in Sunday’s TV broadcast.
  • Wearing our support of family farmers on our sleeve. Show us your Farm Aid gear, or order our new vintage t-shirt that is as timeless as the Farm Aid board artists.
  • On Saturday, we’re visiting our local winter farmers markets and farm stands to shop for the snacks we’ll enjoy on Sunday. Check out our winter farmers market list to find one near you.
  • We’re whipping up our favorite snacks made from ingredients you can find at your local farm stand or farmers market this time of year:
  • Post your favorite TV snacking recipes on Farm Aid’s DIY site,

On social media, share with us the many ways you’re taking action to create a family farm future of agriculture! (You can find us at @farmaid over on Twitter, Instagram,Facebook and YouTube.)

Actions that may seem simple, like seeking out food grown on family farms or starting a conversation with friends and family (while watching the Farm Aid 30 broadcast!) about the challenges farmers face, can add up to make a big difference.

Tell us how you plan to make a difference, and you could win Farm Aid goodies. Tune in at 8 pm EST/7 pm CST on Sunday, January 10th, and enjoy the show! 

Farm Aid TV Special on AXS on January 10th, 2016

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

by: Althea Legaspi

Farm Aid will broadcast performances from its 30th anniversary concert on national cable and satellite TV network AXS on January 10th. The show was held in Chicago on September 19th and hosted performances by board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, as well as Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves and Mavis Staples.

In addition to featuring sets from its most recent lineup, the organization will feature archival film from its previous concerts, which benefit America’s family farmers via support programs. According to Billboard, the late B.B. King, who died last year, will be among the performers featured from earlier concerts. Archival footage from the Allman Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy and John Mayer will also be included in the special.

“We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis,” Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said in a statement about its 30th anniversary. “Thirty years later, in Chicago, we’ll bring together so many of the people — farmers, eaters, advocates and activists — who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we’ll celebrate the impact we’ve had and rally our supporters for the work ahead.”

Farm Aid is the longest-running concert for a cause in America. Since its inception, it has raised $48 million dollars. “It’s inspiring to see Neil Young and Willie out here getting fired up about this issue,” Kacey Musgraves told Rolling Stone during its 30th anniversary event. “It’s total bullshit how our food is regulated in this industry. Clean, healthy food isn’t a luxury. . . it’s a right.”

The 90-minute TV special airs on January 10th at 8 p.m. ET.

read article here:

Support Family Farmers; Support Farm Aid

Friday, January 8th, 2016


Farm Aid 2015 Premiere (Jan 10, 2016)

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Four musicians come together with one mission: fight for farmers rights! Join Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Willie Nelson for an annual concert tradition. Tune in Sunday, January 10 at 8|7c on AXS TV!

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Be Thankful for Farmers

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016


Support Family Farmers, Support Farm Aid

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Grant Quilt

Since 1985, Farm Aid has granted over $22 million to more than 300 groups all over the country. We think of these organizations as not just grantees, but also critical partners – changing the farm and food system.

Dear Family Farm Supporter:

Farm Aid relies on the support of people like you to do the year-round work to keep family farmers on the land. We truly appreciate that you’re a partner in this work with us.

Click here to give a gift to Farm Aid now. Your tax-deductible donation will enable us to build on the accomplishments we had in 2015 to make family farmers stronger than ever in in the New Year.

This year, with your help, Farm Aid:
  • Supported family farmers as they transitioned to practices to take better care of our soil and water.
  • Responded to hundreds of family farmers in urgent need, with financial struggles and farmers dealing with the impact of natural disasters.
  • Helped new farmers get started with resources and know-how through our hotline and Farmer Resource Network.
  • Gave $650,000 in grants, supporting farmers, farm advocates and farm organizations across the country.
  • Brought farmer voices to Washington to call for needed change in farm policy to fortify family farmers against the power of big money.
  • Rallied more than 27,000 people at Farm Aid 30 in Chicago to celebrate family farmers with a day of inspiring music, our HOMEGROWN Village and family farm food.
All of this extraordinary work makes a real difference in the lives of farm families, and all of us who eat. But we can’t do this work without you. Please, make a gift now to keep family farmers on the land growing good food for all of us.


Carolyn Mugar
Executive Director
Farm Aid

Gregg Allman, Willie Nelson, “Midnight Rider” #FarmAid

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Willie Nelson, Farm Aid

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Willie Nelson

photo thanks to Jenn Bronenkant

Here’s your chance to own a piece of Farm Aid History!

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Own a piece of Farm Aid history by bidding on this Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by Farm Aid 30 artists including @willienelsonofficial, @neilyoung, @johnmellencampofficial, @jackjohnson, @imaginedragons, @spaceykacey and lots more! See it and another aut

Own a piece of Farm Aid history by bidding on this Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by Farm Aid 30 artists including @willienelsonofficial, @neilyoung, @johnmellencampofficial, @jackjohnson, @imaginedragons, @spaceykacey and lots more! See it and another autographs.

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