Archive for the ‘Farm Aid’ Category

Neil Young and Dave Matthews speak about corporate power in our farm and food

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from Farm Aid

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018


Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

“What are you going to do the next time you see a Farmers’ Market” — Neil Young

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

We were blown away with the number of people who went out and heeded Neil Young’s call to stop at their local farmers market.

“What are you going to do next time you see a farmers market? Say hello to a farmer, buy something. Get real. Buy something good.”

His words resonated because the connection people feel buying from farmers markets makes intuitive sense, both for financial and community-building reasons. Check out a few of the many callouts we received on social media from people who’ve stopped to chat with a farmer and buy a local pumpkin, apple or two. And let us know if you’ve visited your local farmers’ market lately!

Thank a Farmer

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Bid today on one of a kind from memorabilia from music legends and support of Farm Aid.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
If Only


Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson & More
Today is your last chance to collect one-of-a-kind memorabilia from music legends in support of Farm Aid.
This Morning

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Phish, “Moonlight in Vermont” (Live at Farm Aid 1998)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Phish and Paul Shaffer perform “Moonlight in Vermont” live at the Farm Aid concert in Tinley Park, Illinois on October 3rd, 1998.

Bid on rare guitar signed by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and support family farmers

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Farm Aid Activates Family Farm Disaster Fund In Response To Impact From Hurricane Florence

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As farmers and ranchers in North and South Carolina deal with the impact of historic rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Florence, Farm Aid has activated its Family Farm Disaster Fund to provide direct aid to organizations helping family farmers in the affected region.

“Farm Aid cares deeply about those affected by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. We invite everyone to join with us to give all the support we possibly can to these farmers,” said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “No farmer should be in danger of losing the farm because of a weather disaster.”

Farm Aid’s relief efforts will focus on the family farmers and ranchers who have lost their crops, livestock, pasture, barns and other essentials. Record rainfall, flooding and wind damage has left farmers under standing water. Every dollar raised will support local and regional organizations working on the ground to distribute emergency grants to farm families affected by Florence and to offer resources that help farmers navigate their farm recovery options.

Farm Aid’s partners include Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, and Farmers’ Legal Action Group who are coordinating with a number of farmers, organizations and communities locally to:

  • Make emergency grants to farm and ranch families in the Carolinas;
  • Help farmers and ranchers understand their farm recovery options;
  • Support local and state farm service providers to help farmers navigate recovery options, from mental health resources to federal funding opportunities; and
  • Advocate for needed disaster recovery funds and resources from the federal government.

Farm Aid is also working with partners in disaster-affected areas to determine the long-term needs of impacted farmers and ranchers. If you are a farmer who has been affected by Hurricane Florence, please contact Farm Aid at 1-800-FARM-AID (800-327-6243) or Additional tools for farmers and ranchers are available at To donate, please visit  

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $53 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.


B B King at Farm Aid 1985

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

“We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about, but try to be yourself while you’re doing so.” —B.B. King


Farm Aid BB King’s 60th birthday was a week before the Farm Aid concert, and here’s a photo of him celebrating backstage with Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe and a little birthday cake.


Why Farmer’s Markets Matter

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Farm Aid 2018 Photos, and how you can help family farmers

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Farm Aid 2018 was an incredible day of farmers, artists and music fans coming together to highlight the challenges facing family farmers and to celebrate their good work. Almost two weeks later, back at the Farm Aid office, we’re settling into our “normal” work of answering the farmer hotline, amplifying farmer voices and digging into issues like the Farm Bill. But we also keep looking back on our festival photo and video galleries to get energized by our favorite moments.

Check out some of the numbers behind the festival that demonstrate what a magical and unique day we shared with you in Hartford, Connecticut!

Musicians on stage


Incredible sets of music on stage.

The crowd





Skillshares and demos and 1 seed swap, encouraging festivalgoers to dig in!



Pounds of food rescued by Foodshare CT from our catering and concessions operations.

Homegrown Village


Exhibits in the HOMEGROWN Village

Press Event Farmers


States represented by farmers at the festival, including these two farmers (Willie Dellacamera and Eric Henry) representing CT, on our press event stage!



Volunteers who made the day run smoothly.



HOMEGROWN Concessions® menu items were served by Legends Hospitality throughout the venue. The ingredients were sourced from sustainable, family farms, with a fair price paid to the farmers.



Pounds of compostable material diverted from the landfill to make soil – that’s equal to 147 gallons of gasoline not being burned or 2,881 pounds of carbon dioxide mitigated from the atmosphere. Thanks for doing your part!



HOMEGROWN Youthmarkets stationed around the venue, gave local youth a chance to sell apples and other produce to festivalgoers.



T-shirts sold, made with organic cotton.

Ticket buyers


States and 6 countries represented by ticket buyers coming together for family farmers.

Farm Tours


Events for farmers and eaters preceding the concert, including 3 farm tours, a film screening and a gathering of farmers, advocates and activists to explore strategies for resilience.

Relive Farm Aid 2018: check out photos and videos from the day, and wear some Farm Aid merch. And, please share your favorite festival memories with us, we’d love to hear!

“Willie Nelson is bringing sexy back” — Dave Matthews

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018


From DirecTV’s broadcast of Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America, Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson and Tim Reynolds perform “Gravedigger” at Miller Park in Milwaukee on October 2, 2010. 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.

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The 2014 Farm Bill expired September 30; take action to help farmers and ranchers

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Farm-Bill-Petition-Opening-Graphic-Alert-Image-Webfarm bill

Time has run out. The 2014 Farm Bill officially expired on September 30, leaving farmers and ranchers high and dry, while critical programs are effectively eliminated or their implementation is severely inhibited.

Nearly a dozen “tiny but mighty” farm bill programs that provide $140 million supporting sustainable and organic agriculture, rural economic development, and beginning and underserved farmer support have effectively disappeared. And that’s not all – just over a billion dollars in funding, largely for conservation and farmland preservation, is frozen too, preventing farmers from accessing help in stewarding their land.

We can’t let this continue. Farmers and ranchers need a farm bill extension today – one that includes critical programs they rely on to keep their farms running.

by:  jimmy Dyer

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Take Action with Farm Aid and tell Congress to pass a Farm Bill extension today!

Dear congress:

Please don’t walk away from America’s farmers and ranchers. We need a new 2018 Farm Bill now based on the bipartisan Senate bill. In the meantime, a full extension of the old bill to keep programs that farmers and communities rely on must be passed. In particular, these 10 programs cannot operate without a new farm bill or an extension of the old one that provides funding for them:

Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG)
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Program (FINI)
Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP)
Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP)
Organic Production and Market Data Initiative (ODI)
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)
Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (Section 2501)
Conservation Reserve Program – Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP)

Please ensure expiring farm bill programs that support local and regional food systems, healthy food access, beginning farmers, farmers of color, military veterans in agriculture, organic agriculture, rural economic development, conservation, and specialty crops aren’t left behind!

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

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

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.