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Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The Road to Farm Aid 2017

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Dear Linda,
Tickets to Farm Aid 2017 tickets on sale now.
This year’s Farm Aid festival will be in Burgettstown, PA, on September 16th, featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Insects vs Robots.
Farm Aid 2017 is not just a concert, it’s a full day of incredible music, HOMEGROWN Concessions® featuring family farm food, hands-on activities in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village and, of course, family farmers.
Farmer Hero, Tara Rockacy, of Churchview Farm
We’re connecting with some remarkable family farmers in this year’s concert region. Just last week we spoke with Tara Rockacy of Churchview Farm.

This farmer says she is “bonkers” about heirlooms, as demonstrated by the 142 varieties of heirloom tomatoes she grows on the farm she took over from her grandparents. One of her goals is to connect people —- particularly urban people —- to their food. And it’s obvious that Pittsburghers have taken notice: she supplies fifteen local restaurants and she keeps a waitlist for others clamoring to become her customers. But one of the things that makes her farm particularly special is that individuals, often urbanites, join Churchview Farm’s workshare, becoming part of the farm crew in exchange for produce. Tara thinks they are drawn out of the city because “people want to be part of their food system. They don’t want to be divorced from it like so many Americans are.”

Please make a gift today to support Farm Aid! With your help, family farmers can fight to stay on their land, to grow good food for all of us, and to raise a new generation of farmers to take care of our soil and water.
In honor of your gift of $75 or more, Farm Aid will send you the official 2017 poster.

Farm Aid 2017 (Burgettstown, PA) (September 16, 2017)

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Pittsburgh area: Who’s ready for Farm Aid 2017? The annual food and music festival will take place at the KeyBank Pavilion this September with all-star headliners including John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow plus more!

Sep 16 | KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA

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Willie Nelson & Family, “Still is Still Moving to Me” (Farm Aid 2014)

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Farm Aid 2017, Burgettstown, PA (Sept. 16, 2017)

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Farm Aid 2017. Photo by: Farm Aid / Twitter
Farm Aid 2017. Photo by: Farm Aid / Twitter

Farm Aid 2017 has announced their acoustic driven lineup featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.

The all day music event known as Farm Aid 2017 will be at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA on September 16.

In addition to hosting an annual live music event, Farm Aid also helps the farming and agriculture community year round. The event organizers reported in 2016, Farm Aid granted $575,318. Of that total, $531,215 was given in competitive and strategic grants to 82 family farm organizations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $20,000.

Each year close to a dozen live acts bond together to help bring awareness to the environment and farming communities across the United States.

This year The Avett Brothers and Blackberry Smoke will make their Farm Aid debut. Sheryl Crow and Jenny Johnson will return in grand style. Each performance adds a layer of depth to the performance lineup.

The Farm Aid 2017 lineup:

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Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Rock for a Good Cause

Farm Aid: A Concert for America

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Farm Aid 2017 in Burgettstown, PA (September 17, 2017)

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host a Farm Aid concert to bring together a wide variety of artists, farmers and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on the land. Farm Aid is an all-day festival that brings together incredible music, good food and hands-on activities to get folks in touch with the roots of our food. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to help family farmers thrive all over the country while inspiring millions of people to take part in the Good Food Movement.

The lineup:


Farm Aid features the best that music has to offer, while remaining true to its ultimate mission.

Great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America since 1985

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on the land.

Learn more about Farm Aid’s work in this video:

Farm Aid accomplishes its mission by:

Promoting Food from Family Farms

We know that to keep family farmers on the land we have to increase the number of people buying their good food. From our annual concert event that features family farm food and unites farmers, artists, and concerned citizens, to our inspiring and informative tv, radio, mail and web campaigns (including our website), we are building a powerful movement for good food from family farms.

Growing the Good Food Movement

In order for family farmers to thrive we have to create more markets for them, giving more people the opportunity to access family farm food. Farm Aid fosters connections between farmers and eaters by growing and strengthening local and regional markets and working to get family farm food in urban neighborhoods, grocery stores, restaurants, schools and other public institutions.

Helping Farmers Thrive

Since 1985, Farm Aid has answered 1-800-FARM-AID to provide immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis. Now Farm Aid’s online Farmer Resource Network connects farmers to an extensive network of organizations across the country that help farmers find the resources they need to access new markets, transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters.

Taking Action to Change the System

Farm Aid works with local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns designed to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture.We’ve worked side-by-side with farmers to protest factory farms and inform farmers and eaters about issues like genetically modified food and growth hormones. By strengthening the voices of family farmers, Farm Aid stands up for the people upon whom we all depend. Farm Aid’s Action Center allows concerned citizens to become advocates for farm policy change.

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“Homeface Under Fire” – Farm Aid’s Documentary about America’s Farm Crisis, and Farm Advocates

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Farm Aid’s director Carolyn Mugar and co-founder introduced Farm Aid’s film, Homeplace Under Fire, at @dukeuniversity tonight.

The Farm Crisis of the 1980s drove hundreds of thousands of family farmers into foreclosure. Yet, out of that crisis arose a legion of farm advocates who refused to stand idly by and watch their way of life be destroyed.

Ordinary Americans taught themselves extraordinary skills. As fellow farmers, farm wives, and rural leaders, they studied laws and regulations, started hotlines, answered farmers’ calls from their kitchen tables, counseled their neighbors, and went toe-to-toe with lenders – giving their all to keep their neighbors on the land.

Homeplace Under Fire celebrates these advocates and their remarkable work. Thousands of farmers are alive and on their land today because of them. As Willie Nelson has said, these advocates are the best of America.

Homeplace Under Fire was directed by Charles D. Thompson, Jr. and produced by Farm Aid in cooperation with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Another Willie Nelson cover, Sturgill Simpson, “I’d Have to Be Crazy” (Farm Aid 2016)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael, “Four Strong Winds” (Farm Aid 1995)

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Neil Young, Farm Aid 1997

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Farm Aid 2016 (Bristow, VA)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

“Willie Nelson Got Me Stoned and Stole All My Money,” — Jack Johnson, Farm Aid 2016

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Trump Administration moves to remove safeguards for Poultry Farmers, in favor of giant meat production and packaging companies

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

OSAGE, IA – AUGUST 09: Ray Avila feeds chickens on his farm on August 9, 2014 near Osage, Iowa. In retaliation for sanctions imposed on them, Russia announced a ban on food imports from the United States and other nations.Those sanctions had been imposed due to Russia’s support of separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The ban will last for a year and targets meat, fish, fruit, vegetable and milk products. The poultry industry in the United States, which exported over $300 million worth of food to Russia in 2013, is expected to be hit the hardest. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

     Farm Aid works hard to protect rights of farmers.  You can offer your support for them:
by: Joseph Erbentraut

Farmers already concerned with President Donald Trump’s policies on trade and immigration just got another reason to worry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week delayed implementation of an Obama administration rule aimed at making it easier for livestock producers to sue the large meat-processing companies they contract with over abusive practices.

The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration rule, proposed in 2010 and approved by the Obama administration in December, had been set to take effect later this month. The USDA postponed it for at least six months.

The government delay was welcomed by industry groups, including the National Chicken Council, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council. The groups claim the rule would welcome frivolous, “government-sanctioned” lawsuits targeting corporations, and could raise prices for consumers and put farmers out of business.

Colin Woodall, vice president for government affairs at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said his organization wants the rule eliminated altogether.

“Our request to the Trump administration is that they withdraw this rule and throw it away,” Woodall told HuffPost. “We don’t believe there’s anything that can be done to fix it. We believe it’s bad across the board.”

Influential members of Congress agree. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman, this week called the rule “disastrous.” House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) similarly criticized the rule last month.