Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

“Farmers: they’re the folks that feed us,” — Willie Nelson

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

As you know, family farm agriculture is in danger. Farm income has been cut in half and the number of farms in this country has fallen to its lowest number ever. It would be easy for me to write about all the obstacles farmers are up against. But instead, I want to share the stories of strength and determination we heard from family farmers at Farm Aid 2019 in Wisconsin. These farmers make me hopeful.

At our Farm Aid 2019 press event, we showcased a group of determined dairy farmers who started the Dairy Together movement to fix our broken dairy system. One of those people is Sarah Lloyd of Nelson Family Dairy Farm in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Sarah’s pushing for a way to better manage milk production. “Dairy farmers are not getting paid a fair price,” she said. “The only real way for us to get our prices to come up is for all of us to work together.”

Like Sarah, we’re determined to make a difference for family farmers, but we need your support to continue this critical work.

For many, being connected to the land and growing food is about continuing the cultural traditions of their ancestors. Toni House and Laura Manthe of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, told us about their effort to teach the next generation to cultivate white corn so that their foodways can never be lost or taken again. “When you don’t have land to grow food, you can’t carry on your culture and you can’t carry on your traditions,” said Laura.

I’m asking you to give now so that Farm Aid can continue our work to keep family farmers a vibrant part of our communities. A DONATION IS A GIFT OF HOPE FOR FAMILY FARMERS

Farm Aid is bringing together people who are fighting for family farm agriculture. When we support family farmers we all benefit – our climate, our communities, our families, and ourselves. We’re not giving up and we know you won’t either – not when there’s so much at stake. Won’t you join me in this mission?

Please consider a gift to Farm Aid to honor the strength and determination of family farmers.

Stay Strong and Positive,

Willie Nelson 

Happy Thanksgiving from Farm Aid

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
Willie Nelson recites the Lord’s Prayer at Farm Aid 14 in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Scott Sharpe)

Farm Aid Press Event (2019)

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

“When we eat, and pay a fair price for the food, we’re supporting the people who are taking care of the soil, taking care of the planet and giving us hope.” – Dave Matthews

This nugget of wisdom, along with many other amazing quotes, comes out of our annual press event. Recorded at the start of Farm Aid 2019, this press event on our main stage included our board members, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, as well as farmers and activists working in the concert region to address the issues, challenges and opportunities available for family farmers.


Willie Nelson, “I Never Cared For You”, (Live at Farm Aid 1998)

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Jamey Johnson at Farm Aid 2019 (East Troy, Wisconsin)

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

More great photos from Janis from Texas. I love these of Jamey Johnson, who has committed his time and band’s time to the causes of Farm Aid and has performed at many concerts. He was a crowd favorite, fans sang along on every song.

Jamey’s guitar has so many signatures. I see Kris, John Anderson. I know Willie is on there, maybe the first one.

Bonnie Raitt, Farm Aid 2019, “Are You Ready for a Thing Called Love”

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Dave Matthews, Farm Aid 2019

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Thank you Janis from Texas, for capturing the interesting expressions you captured in your pictures from the Farm Aid Festival last September.

Follow Janis Tillerson on FaceBook, and see lots more pictures from Farm Aid 2019 in East Troy, Wisconsin, 9/22/2019.

Mickey Raphael, Farm Aid 2019

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Willie Nelson & Family, Farm Aid 2019 (9/22/2019) (East Troy, Wisconsin)

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Farm Aid 2017 Concert reaches 137 countries

Friday, November 1st, 2019
photo: Janis Tillerson
by: Dennis Hines

EAST TROY — Representatives from Farm Aid say the Sept. 21 mega-concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater drew about 30,000 fans and reached an online audience in 137 different countries.

The concert benefiting American farmers brought 17 musical performers to Walworth County, led by headliners Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Bonnie Raitt.

Although the day-long concert took place under cloudy skies and heavy rain, statistics released by organizers show the event made a big impact in many ways.

Besides the music, the event included 40 exhibits offering hands-on activities and demonstrations.

About 8,350 T-shirts were sold throughout the event. ×

Festival-goers donated about 4,500 pounds of food that went to Hunger Task Force Inc. and was donated to low-income families in the Milwaukee area.

Volunteers collected and composted about 13,868 pounds of food waste. Legends Hospitality served about 55 concession stand items with ingredients purchased from family farms.

Farm Aid organizers have not yet estimated how much money was raised from the concert to benefit farmers.

Since the first Farm Aid held in 1985, the organization has reported raising $57 million for family farms.

Willie Nelson, Farm Aid 2019 (photos: Janis Tillerson)

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Thank you so much, Janis Tillerson, for these great photos from Farm Aid in East Troy, Wisconsin. You can follow her on Facebook and see more great photos there.

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

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Billy Joe Shaver performs “Georgia on a Fast Train” live at the Farm Aid concert in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 18, 1994. 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.

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Farm Aid, September 22, 1985

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Farm Aid 2019 Press Event

Thursday, October 24th, 2019