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John Mellencamp, getting ready for #FarmAid2017

Friday, September 15th, 2017

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Great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America since 1985 #FarmAid2017

Friday, September 15th, 2017

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.

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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Are you still eating? Support #FarmAid2017

Friday, September 15th, 2017

#wednesdaywisdom from @johnmellencamp (? by Ebet Roberts at Farm Aid 2016)

John Mellencamp talks #FarmAid2017 on Joe Scarborough Show

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Farm Aid 2017 Line-Up

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Another stellar lineup of artists will perform at Farm Aid 2017 on September 16 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. Learn more about the lineup for this fundraising concert to benefit family farmers in the United States here: 

Neil Young

John Mellencamp

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

Jack White

Jamey Johnson

Sheryl Crow

Blackberry Smoke

Avett Brothers

Insects vs Robots

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Valerie June

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

“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.

Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp in Nashville for Merle Haggard #SingMeBackHome

Monday, April 10th, 2017

— Farm Aid (@FarmAid) April 7, 2017

Board Members Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp in Nashville, to celebrate life and music of Merle Haggard.

Merle Haggard to be honored in Nashville by Willie Nelson & Friends (April 6, 2017)

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Merle Haggard will be the focus of a new tribute concert set for April 6th in Nashville. “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard” marks what would have been the influential singer-songwriter’s 80th birthday as well as the first anniversary of his death: Haggard died on April 6th, 2016.

Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert anchor the wildly diverse lineup: Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Loretta Lynn and John Mellencamp are all on the bill, along with Kacey Musgraves, the Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, John Anderson, Connie Smith, Bobby Bare, Ronnie Dunn and Jamey Johnson.

Southern-rock road warriors Lynyrd Skynyrd, Americana pioneer Lucinda Williams and Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes are also set to perform. Haggard’s guitarist son Ben Haggard, Don Was and Buddy Cannon are the concert’s music directors.

Held at the Bridgestone Arena, the show is a production of Blackbird Presents, who staged a similar all-star tribute to Kris Kristofferson last March.

Haggard, one the architects of the Bakersfield Sound and an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1994, was revered for his way with a lyric. He wrote and recorded such country classics as 1966’s “The Bottle Let Me Down,” 1968’s “Mama Tried” and 1969’s “Okie From Muskogee.”
Tickets for “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard” went on sale Friday, March 3rd.

Congratulations Farm Aid Board Member John Mellencamp: ASCAP Songwriter’s Award

Thursday, April 28th, 2016


John Mellencamp, 64, was honored for his songwriting and his exceptional contributions to music by the organization that represents composers, authors and publishers
by: Rachel McGrath

The 64-year-old began his career as John Cougar, then became John Cougar Mellencamp, adding his real last name to his stage name, and finally just John Mellencamp.  His music illuminates the human condition’: Heartland rocker John Mellencamp is honored for his songwriting and creative influence.  He’s known for his ‘heartland rock’ and his string of hits over the years also includes R.O.C.K. In The USA,  Small Town and Ain’t That America.  His most recent album Plain Spoken was released in the fall of 2014.


ASCAP president Paul Williams, pictured left with Mellencamp and TV personality Tavis Smiley, said the rocker had ‘captured the American experience in his songs’

The ASCAP Founders Award goes to pioneering ASCAP songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.

‘For the last four decades, John Mellencamp has captured the American experience in his songs, ASCAP president Paul Williams told Variety last month.

‘His infectious melodies and compassionate lyrics, wrapped in workingman’s rock, crystallize life’s joys and struggles and illuminate the human condition,’ Williams added.


Farm Aid Friends

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


John Mellencamp, Lana Nelson, Willie Nelson

John Mellencamp, “Small Town” (Farm Aid 30) (Chicago)

Friday, September 25th, 2015

John Mellencamp performs “SONG” at Farm Aid’s 30th anniversary concert at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in downtown Chicago, Illinois, on September 19.

Farm Aid Heroes: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews

Monday, September 21st, 2015


These four are true heroes.  They have done so much to help so many, directly and indirectly, through their commitment to Farm Aid.  The money raised from the concerts they help organize has raised millions and millions (over $20 Million) that has been used to help family farmers, and create the Farm Aid organization that has grown out from that first fund raising event.    Year after year, for thirty years now, every fall,  these four dedicated artists have dropped everything, interrupted lucrative tours, left families at home, and flown themselves and their band members in to perform at the annual concert.   And they invite their friends and other musicians to do the same thing, for frees.

Millions of dollars have been raised to support family farmers, through Farm Aid.  Net works, crisis help lines, crisis assistance, resources, financial support are just a few of the ways Farm Aid has helped the family farmer stay on the land.  As well as keeping farmers on the land, networks created help support new farmers obtain land and education about farm.  Their work affects all of us — we all benefit from healthy food grown by farmers who really are the caretakers of the land, and not hourly paid worker for a large corporation.  So many farms are transitioning now, and farmers age and retire.  When there is no family member to continue farming, the productive farmland is sold to a corporations, who goal is not to be a steward of the land, but to make millions from it, with their chemicals and genetically modified seeds.

Thank you Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews

Learn more about Farm Aid, and how you can support them here:

Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, “Nightlife” on Late Night with Stephen Colbert Show (9/16/15)

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp were the musical guests, and also sat and talked with Stephen about Farm Aid 30, in Chicago, on Sept. 19, 2015.

John Mellencamp Community 2015 Farm Aid Charity Auction

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


It’s that time of year again! Farm Aid Auction 2015 kicks off Wednesday, September 2nd at 10am ET running through the week and ending Wednesday, September 9th at 10 am.

First and foremost a huge thank you goes out to all of the fans, that donate items, and bid on these great items and to John for taking the time to autograph all these great items! We could not accomplish this without YOU. As you know the Farm Aid Auction has been a huge success over the years. John and the staff at Farm Aid are always amazed how the Mellencamp fans pull together to help support the family farmer!

All funds we raise including anyone that would like to donate will be credited to “The members of Community

Payment is expected within 5 days of the auction ending. Checks, money orders and paypal will be accepted. Please note that Paypal takes a fee. We are going to present the charitable contribution at Farm Aid 2015 so it is essential that payment is received within the 5 days of the auction ending so all payments are clear and one check can be issued. The staff at Farm Aid will receive a list of all of the fan club member’s names that donate and/or win an auction item and receive a thank you letter from them. Please serious bidders only. Good luck and thanks for your support!

Below are the easy to bid step by step directions:

To bid on any of these items simply email

Put the NUMBER and ITEM DESCRIPTION in the SUBJECT of your email
Your bid amount, and Name, Address, Phone number in the body of the email

You will receive an email back of receipt of your bid; when and if someone bids higher than you we will notify you by email and let you have the chance to bid again! It’s that simple! (If you do not get an email back IMMEDIATELY DON’T PANIC!) I go by the time the email is received. I will do my best to get back to all bidders in a timely manner.
Once there is a bid on an item I put the highest bids in red text

If you want to donate please email we take donations up until the end of the auction.

Mellencamp Community 2015 Farm Aid Charity Auction