Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

Thank you, Willie Nelson

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Just when you think it’s over, it’s only begun.

A salute for all the help you’ve given to America’s family farmers.

— Mark Rothbaum
Gay Harrah
Lisa Reiss


Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Do you have any resolutions for 2018? With this #WednesdayWisdom from @willienelsonofficial, may we suggest visiting a farm?

“It’s not one artist – it’s everybody together…” — Neil Young

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Forbes recently asked artists like Melissa Etheridge, Michael Stipe, and Carlos Santana what the greatest protest song is. Here is @neilyoung’s response, which reminds us of the spirit behind Farm Aid. [This photo is from Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee.] #Thurs

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Help keep family farmers on their land

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

A young farmer holds back tears as his entire herd of dairy cows are auctioned off.

A fourth-generation farmer realizes the only choice he has is to sell the family land, while his children grieve that they’ll never go back home to the farm.

A century-old dairy farm is forced to transition to growing vegetables because the price of milk has been so low for so long. Now they struggle to hang on until spring when they’ll finally have a crop to sell.

A young couple decides to give up the dream of their own farm because even though they work their fingers to the bone, they still can’t make the numbers work.

We hear stories like these every day on our hotline, 1-800-FARM-AID. To us, they’re not just stories, not just numbers. They are the terrible, day-to-day realities of farm families as they struggle to get by with farm income that has been cut in half over the last five years. In some cases, especially for dairy farmers, there’s no income at all because prices are so low and production costs so high. Farmers are dedicated and innovative, but even they can’t perform the kind of magic that’s needed to turn low prices and high costs into a positive number that sustains the farm and their family.

 At Farm Aid, we answer every hotline call and do the best we can to connect farmers to useful resources. But as the farm economy continues to falter, the number of farmer calls and the complexity of their situations keeps escalating.

In 2017, Farm Aid tripled our emergency grants to farmers. In 2018, we’re on track to triple that number again.

Emergency grants help farmers keep the heat on, put food in the pantry, and pay medical bills that threaten to drive farm families into endless debt. We hear directly from farmers that emergency grants are a lifeline when all else seems lost. Your support ensures that Farm Aid can provide this lifeline to farm families who turn to us in their time of need.  


Farming is different from other jobs. It’s a livelihood, but it’s also a way of life, often passed down for generations. When prices are low, it’s not easy for farmers to make quick changes or to find a new job. And the threat of losing the farm can take a heavy toll—on finances and the farmers themselves. Farmers shouldn’t have to go it alone. Farmers need your support today to stay on the land. Your donation makes certain that Farm Aid can answer the call for each farmer and work on the overarching issues that put farmers in these precarious situations.


Joe Schroeder, Farm Advocate

P.S.: Every time we lose a family farmer, we lose a caretaker of our water and soil, and we run the risk of losing that land forever. Thanks for joining me to fight for every family farmer.

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

Saturday, April 7th, 2018


[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.

Willie Nelson, Amos Lee, Mickey Raphael, “El Camino”

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Stop Big Ag from getting bigger

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

In the next few months, The United States Department of Justice will decide whether to allow the creation of a new agri-business behemoth by letting Bayer acquire Monsanto. If approved, the new company would be the world’s largest vegetable seed company, largest cottonseed company, largest manufacturer and seller of herbicides, and the largest owner of GMO patents. This means company-controlled data and diminished seed quality & choice!

Prices farmers pay will go up + prices eaters pay will go up.

Take action right now! Tell the DOJ to oppose the Bayer-Monsanto power grab. #CorporateConcentration #CorporateControlOfOurFood #StopTheMerger

“This Land is Your Land” — Finale, Farm Aid 1987

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

“We close the show with Woody Guthrie’s love song to America.”
Farm Aid 1987

An Evening With Farm Aid in Luck, Texas (March 14, 2018)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Farm Aid is lucky to have been invited by Willie and Annie Nelson to host an event at their ranch outside of Austin, Texas.

photo: Suzanne Cordeiro

An Evening with Farm Aid at Luck ,/em. paid tribute to Luck, a fictional western town on Willie’s ranch, and raised funds to support Farm Aid’s work for family farmers. Luck was constructed in the mid-1980s as a set for the film adaptation of Willie’s 1975 album The Red Headed Stranger, and has been given new life in recent years, emerging as the site of the Luck Reunion, an incredible music festival that takes place each March.

photo: Rett Rogers

Willie’s rescued horses grazed in the field behind the stage as Lukas and company ripped through their hits. As the sun set, Willie and Annie and our guests gathered under a large tent in the center of Luck. The tables were set beautifully, designed by our friends at Patina Green with hand-drawn table runners by artist Katherine Keller featuring vegetables, farm animals and inspiring messages about food and farming, and local, farm-fresh flower bouquets from Prickly Pair Farms.

Farm Aid’s Carolyn Mugar welcomed guests and gave thanks for the farmers who raised the food we would enjoy. Carolyn introduced honored guest Bill Witliff, the Austin filmmaker who directed The Red Headed Stranger and wrote and directed the 1984 film Country, which compellingly told the story of the 1980s Farm Crisis that inspired Farm Aid. Carolyn also introduced Austin’s Jim Hightower, former Texas agriculture commissioner, author, activist and storyteller, who shared his thoughts about Farm Aid with the crowd of nearly 250. Everyone gathered joined Hightower in making a toast to Willie for stepping up for family farmers—in 1985 and right up to today.

Then we ate the most creative meal, sourced from local farmers, of course. Our team of chefs inspired raucous dinner conversation with an incredible dinner delivered in compostable takeout boxes that encouraged sharing and passing. During dinner, two guitars, donated by Gibson and Epiphone and autographed by Willie Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, were auctioned, with the proceeds supporting the work of Farm Aid to keep family farmers thriving.

Filmmaker Bill Witliff chats with Willie and Annie Nelson before dinner. Photo by Rett Rogers.

After dinner, we moved back to the music tent, picking up our carrot cake ice cream sandwich dessert along the way. Next up: a set from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats before the main event: Willie Nelson & Family. As always, Willie was joined by his sons Micah and Lukas Nelson, and Nathaniel Rateliff joined in for some songs, too!

We are so grateful to the support of our hosts: Willie and Annie Nelson; our artists: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Willie Nelson & Family; our all-around-everything team from Patina Green Home & Market, led by Kaci Lyford; our Texas chefs: Robert Lyford of Patina Green, Ben Runkel of Salt & Time, Diego Galicia & Rico Torres of Mixtli, Dan Casey of Royal Fig Catering and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar; our generous event supporters: Jennie Garlington, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, BMI, New Belgium Brewing and Willie’s Reserve; our product donors: Farmhouse Delivery, Still Austin, Black Eyed Distilling, Mountain Valley Spring Water, Jester King Brewery and Royal Fig Catering; our photographers: Suzanne Cordeiro and Rett Rogers; and everyone who helped make An Evening with Farm Aid in Luck possible. Good food from family farmers, good music, and good friendship – it’s what it’s all about. As Willie says, “You’re either in Luck or you’re outta Luck.” We are so glad Farm Aid was in Luck last week.

We hope to see you at a future Farm Aid event! Until then, we invite you to learn more about and support our work to keep family farmers on the land and thriving.

Keep America Growing: Support Farm Aid, Support Family Farmers

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Evening With Farm Aid at Luck, Texas (3/14/2018)

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Thanks to Janis Tillerson for her great photos from the special dinner sponsored by Farm Aid, in Luck, Texas before the musical Luck Reunion the following day. Guests were treated to a delicious real food dinner, followed by performances by Willie Nelson and Family and Nathaniel Rateliff. The dinner was a benefit for Farm Aid, and you can learn about their good work at:

Willie Nelson and Tom Petty, Farm Aid 1985

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

© Charlyn Zlotnik, 1985

Willie Nelson and Tom Petty at the first Farm Aid on September 25, 1985 in Champaign, IL.

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

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

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

An Evening with Farm Aid Tonight (Luck, TX)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The evening kicks off with cocktails and a locally-sourced, farm-to-table dinner prepared by Texas chefs Robert Lyford and Ben Runkle before lively sets from Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.