On October 3, 1998, Willie Nelson hosted Farm Aid at the New World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Illinois.
Farm Aid worked to shine a spotlight on the worst farm crisis since Farm Aid’s 1985 birth. Ice storms in the Northeast and drought in Oklahoma and Texas contributed to farm family troubles and Farm Aid pitched in with emergency help for family farmers in need. Farm Aid contributed to the efforts of the Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment in their fight to end factory farm production of hogs and to achieve equitable pricing for their production. Willie Nelson stated “In rural America, the farm economy is the economy. If we don’t pay attention right now to what’s happening to farmers, we’re not just going to lose them, we’ll lose the thousands of schools, businesses, and churches that depend on family farming for their survival.” To fight the crisis, top artists including Phish, Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band, and Wilco returned to Tinley Park, Illinois for Farm Aid ’98 on October 3, 1998. Best Buy presented the show and it was carried live for the first time on CMT: Country Music Television.
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