Some new faces are joining country legend Willie Nelson for the 32nd annual Farm Aid food and music festival.
Nelson, Young and 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 their land.
Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. In their 32 years, Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.
Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson and the Avett Brothers have now been added to the growing list of superstars scheduled to perform.
Tickets go on sale June 23, with a limited number going on sale June 14 at the event’s website.
Crow has been touring this summer with the red-headed stranger and Folk legend Bob Dylan. She last played the event in 2003 in Columbus, Ohio, while Johnson has been a frequent participant in the initiative.
Farm Aid has occurred every year since it’s start in 1985, making it the longest-running concert for a cause in pop music history. The benefit continues its support of family farmers, by accepting sponsorship only from companies that share its mission.
Since 1985, Farm Aid has provided a hotline for farmers. Originally, you would call 1-800-FARM-AID to provide immediate and effective support services to farm families in crisis.
Now Farm Aid has an online Farmer Resource Network which connects farmers to a network of organizations across the country that help them find the resources they need to reach new markets, change over into sustainable, more profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters.
Farm Aid will be staged in Pennsylvania for the third time in its history. The leading economic influx in the state is agriculture.