Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

Willie Nelson, The Unforgiven, “Amazing Grace” (Farm Aid, 1986)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

he Unforgiven & Willie Nelson perform “Amazing Grace” live at the Farm Aid concert in Austin, Texas on July 4, 1986. Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid’s board of directors in 2001.

For more information about Farm Aid, visit:

Farm Aid’s performances are donated by the artists in order to raise funds and raise awareness for family farmers. They’ve raised their voices to help — what can you do?

Stand up for Family Farmers #FarmAid

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014



Family farmers can’t do it alone. They need our voices to join them in demanding contract fairness, market transparency, and protection from retaliation when they speak out. Together, farmers and eaters can work together to make Congress enforce rules already on the books that level the playing field for family farmers.

As a Farm Aid supporter, we know you care about the people who grow our food and believe they deserve a fair chance to make an honest living.

But that’s out of reach for tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers who raise our livestock and poultry.

That’s because our meat supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that get to write the rules. This doesn’t just affect our choice at the grocery store; it affects how independent farmers and ranchers can make a living.

Join Farm Aid and tell Congress to stand up for family farmers by protecting the GIPSA rules.

With only a few huge corporations in control, meatpackers and poultry giants — like Smithfield and Tyson — exert their power through contracts with the farmers who raise livestock. Under the contract system, companies:

  • Force farmers to make expensive investments while offering little security in return.
  • Intimidate and retaliate against farmers when they speak out about abuses or exercise their right to free speech and association.
  • Unfairly cancel farmers’ contracts, leaving far too many farmers saddled with debt and at risk of losing their farms.

Now meatpackers are attacking one of the most important policies we have to protect farmers. That policy, called GIPSA, provides fair competition and contract rules that protect farmers from corporate abuse (read our Fair and Competitive Livestock Markets fact sheet for more information). The meat lobby is trying to block the U.S. Department of Agriculture from enforcing the GIPSA rules. But we can fight back today!

Family farmers can’t do it alone. They need our voices to join them in demanding contract fairness, protection from retaliation and market transparency. Together, farmers and eaters can work to protect the GIPSA rules. Thank you for speaking up for family farmers today!

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GIPSA Action – 2014

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Did you eat today? Thank a Farmer #FarmAid

Monday, October 20th, 2014

It's pumpkin season! And we don't mean that artificial flavor stuff! What are your pumpkin plans this harvest season?

John Mellencamp, Farm Aid 2014 (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/2014) (full set)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


From FarmAid’s Music Monday:

Watch John’s complete set from Farm Aid 2014 live in Raleigh North Carolina.

Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 2014 (Raleigh, NC) (9/13/14)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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Happy birthday, John Mellencamp, Farm Aid Hero

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Happy Birthday to Farm Aid co-founder John Mellencamp!

Happy Birthday, John Mellencamp, who turns 63 today.

Willie Nelson & Family, “Heartland” (Farm Aid, 1993)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

John Mellencamp on 80-City Plain Spoken Tour! (free dowload of his new album with ticket purchase!)

Monday, October 6th, 2014


Here is your chance to see this legendary rock and roller, and champion of family farmers and the middle class, in a city near you! John Mellencamp is giving his fans in 80 cities a chance to see his show. His new material from new album is amazing, and of course he has so many great hits that he can’t play them all in one show, but he sure tries. They are coming to Red Rocks in July and I can’t wait.

Also, every ticket purchased for the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour includes a download of John’s new album Plain Spoken.

Tickets are available for all 80 shows on the 2015 Plain Spoken Tour. Visit the TOUR page for further details.

Willie Nelson, “Still is Still Moving to Me” (Farm Aid)

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Thank you to the Generous Sponsors of the Farm Aid 2014 Concert

Friday, October 3rd, 2014


Support Farm Aid Today: Take Action for Farmers

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014


Meet family farmers, learn about what is happening in the farms of America, and about the good work of Farm Aid.


Farm Aid Shirts

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

There are a handful of friends and Farm Aid supporters attend the Farm Aid concerts every year, and who kindly help me out and share stories and photos from the concert and the Homegrown Village.    It’s hard to see it all in one day!

Alice, of Atlanta, Georgia shared photos of Farm Aid tee-shirts through the years.

2012 Hershey, Pa.
2002 Burgettstown, Pa.
2012 Hershey, Pa.
2006 Camden, New Jersey
2013 Saratoga Springs, New York
— with Dot Redfern Judah.

2013, 2013, and 2011

2012, 2006, and 2013

Alice and Dot

To learn more about the challenges of American family farmers, the work and help offered by Farm Aid, and why people support Farm Aid and go to the concert year after year after year:

This day in Willie Nelson history: Farm Aid 2013 (Saratoga Springs, NY) (9/21/13)

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Willie Nelson at Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Pege Seeger, Dave Matthews, Neil Young at Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Willie Nelson at Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 21, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, New York.


Sunday, September 21st, 2014


Each year at Farm Aid, the  Home Grown Village  is packed full of informational booths, displays, workshops, lectures.

To find out all the ways Farm Aid helps out the family farmers, and how you can get involved or get more information:


Jamey Johnson, Lily Meola, “Farm Aid 2014) (Raleigh, NC)

Sunday, September 21st, 2014


Lily Meola, of Hawaii,  joined Jamey Johnson on stage for his set.