Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Billy Joe Shaver, “Georgia on a Fast Train” (Farm Aid 1994)

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

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Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Sunday, December 27th, 2020

If you were able to join us for this year’s virtual “Farm Aid 2020 On the Road” festival, you might remember hearing Neil Young perform with some back-up chickens and ducks, too. We hope you also remember the powerful voices of farmers all around the country reminding us why they farm:

  • Michael Kempley of Grandpa’s Good Earth told us, “I farm because I enjoy being a steward of the land.”
  • Angie and June Provost said, “We farm because we love agriculture and growing things, and because farming is in our DNA.”
  • Sara Youmans of Hood Family Farm told us, “I farm because I want to do something tangible to positively impact my community.”
  • And Doug and Melissa Havemann of Mesquite Field Farm summed it up with, “We’re farmers. We feed people. It’s that simple.”

We heard many more impactful reasons why our essential family farmers do what they do to provide the good food we all need. And there are just as many reasons to support Farm Aid.DONATE TODAY

Through our hotline, 1-800-FARM-AID, Farm Aid is here for family farmers and ranchers in times of crisis. We provide a listening ear, critical resources to strengthen farmers, and emergency assistance when it’s needed. We’re here for them when disasters – or global pandemics – strike. We’re here for them with a national network of partner organizations we’ve nurtured over 35 years. Together, we work each day to strengthen family farm agriculture and promote fair farm policies.

And we’re here for you too, working to connect eaters and farmers for good food, healthy soil and water, and stronger communities. But we can’t do it without you.

Your support matters. If you’re able, won’t you please consider a gift of $75 – or any amount you can give? Help keep our essential family farmers on the land to feed and strengthen our communities.

Thanks for standing together with us to support family farmers – especially now, when we need them most!

The Farm Aid Staff

Willie Nelson and Neil Young (Farm Aid 1995)

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Support Family Farmers; Support Farm Aid

Friday, December 11th, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. From hurricanes and wildfires, to a global pandemic, each and every one of us has been affected in one way or another. We’ve relied on essential workers to help us through these challenges, and they’ve experienced tremendous impacts as a result of the pandemic, including our family farmers.

We heard farmers and ranchers talk about the challenges they’re facing during our virtual “Farm Aid 2020 On the Road” festival this year. Some of those challenges are unique to the COVID-19 pandemic, and others have persisted throughout Farm Aid’s 35-year history. In spite of these challenges – old and new – farmers persevere, relying on their resilience and ingenuity. Because that’s what family farmers and ranchers do.

From dawn to dusk they’re there for us, turning seeds and soil to harvest, and nurturing the flocks and herds we all need to survive. Farmers respond to challenges like the pandemic in a way similar to Roger Fragua, who told us, “We got on our tractors and we started farming like we’ve never farmed before.”DONATE TODAY

The pandemic has connected more people to the source of their food, but it has also revealed weaknesses and dangers in our food supply chain. Farmer Tom Henslee told us, “The customers are really engaged, understanding where their local food comes from and wanting to be a part of what we’re doing here. The flip side is our processing times have gone from two weeks to get an appointment to I’m now trying to get an appointment in September of 2021!”

A supply chain that’s largely controlled by just a handful of major corporations jeopardizes our food system. Talking about the influence of industrial agriculture on our food supply, Judith McGeary of McGeary Family Farm told us;

“I believe today’s biggest agricultural challenge is creating an agricultural system that is not corporate controlled. Corporations have one legal responsibility, and that is to maximize profits for their shareholders. We can’t afford to have a system where the companies that control our food only care about maximizing short-term profit.”

Judith is right. That’s why Farm Aid continues working every day to keep family farmers on the land. In times of crisis and when disasters or global pandemics strike, Farm Aid answers our national hotline and provides emergency assistance when farmers need it most. And we work every day to provide long-term strategies that strengthen family farm agriculture and promote fair farm policies.

Farm Aid is committed to being there for our family farmers, but we need your support. Please, if you can, make a gift right now to keep them on the land – every donation makes a real difference.

Let’s shows family farmers how essential they are to us!

Thank You,
Farm Aid


Willie Nelson and Neil Young, “Heart of Gold” (Farm Aid 1995)

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving, Thank you, Farmers

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler, Farm Aid 25 (Milwaukee, WI) (October 2, 2005)

Monday, October 26th, 2020
Throwback to Farm Aid's 25th anniversary at @millerpark in Milwaukee when very special surprise guest #Steven Tyler joined @willienelsonofficial on stage! #tbt Steven Tyler was a surprise guest at Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee in 2010. Willie and Steven sang, “One Time Too Many” together.