In 1985, Farm Aid was born from the passion and commitment of a group of musical artists who wanted to give something back to the rural communities that raised them. For over a decade, Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young, have brought hundreds of artists together to sing a song of hope for rural America. Thousands of Americans have joined these artists in their commitment to help keep family farmers on their land.
Since its beginning, Farm Aid has granted over $15 million to more than 100 farm organizations, churches, and service agencies in 44 states. Many Farm Aid grants are used for Direct Services, including food and emergency aid, legal assistance, and hotlines. These services have helped thousands of struggling farm families across the country stay on the land.
The remainder of Farm Aid funds are distributed as Program Grants to promote outreach, education, and the development of long-term solutions for the problems facing rural America. As the farm crisis has become a chronic problem, Farm Aid funds have allowed small projects to grow into strong organizations which build on the energy and know-how of thousands of family farmers across the country.
For more information, or to contact Farm Aid, see their website at: www.farmaid.org
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Dave Matthews Joins Farm Aid Board Of Directors
05 Oct 01 | In addition to his commitment to Farm Aid, Dave Matthews actively supports the Save Our Environment Coalition and has performed at numerous benefit concerts supporting a variety of causes.
Willie Nelson dedicated this year's Farm Aid benefit as a...
Farm Aid 2001 Brings Together Family Farmers And Artists In Concert For America
29 Sep 01 | At a sold out Farm Aid 2001 benefit today, 24,000 concertgoers demonstrated their support for struggling family farmers.
The day after the Farm Aid 2001 concert, Patchwork Family Farms will begin driving the truckload of food to New York City.
Martina Mcbride And Arlo Guthrie Just Added To Sold Out Farm Aid 2001
30 Aug 01 | Premier country artist Martina McBride and folk legend Arlo Guthrie have just been added to the stellar lineup for the sold out Farm Aid 2001 concert.
This is the fourth consecutive year that CMT has been the exclusive television network for the ...
Farm Aid 2001 Is Sold Out
17 Aug 01 | This is the fourth consecutive year that CMT has been the exclusive television network for the Farm Aid concert.
The lineup for Farm Aid 2001 includes Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, along with a special solo ...
Dave Matthews To Join Founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp And Neil Young For Farm Aid 2001
06 Aug 01 | Farm Aid President Nelson said "The amazing spirit of a Farm Aid concert is unforgettable.
Indiana sure made Farm Aid welcome in 1990, and I'm looking forward to bringing the music of Farm Aid back to such an enthusiastic audience."
Farm Aid Returns To Indianapolis Sept. 29
17 Apr 01 | The family farm advocacy organization announced today that it will bring its benefit concert back to Indianapolis for Farm Aid 2001.
Farm Aid first came to Indiana for Farm Aid IV back in 1990.
Farm Aid President Applauds Usda's Final Organic Food Rules
21 Dec 00 | - FARM AID Co-founder and President Willie Nelson applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) final Organic Standards released yesterday in Washington.
"We urge President-elect Bush and his new agriculture secretary to apply these ...
Farm Aid Grants Over Half A Million Dollars To Family Farmers Across America
20 Dec 00 | - On the heels of a successful 15th anniversary concert, Farm Aid today granted family farm groups $523,000 to combat the lowest crop prices in decades, factory farms and bad farm policy.
"Family farmers told our political leaders at Farm Aid ...
Farm Aid 2000 Looks To Candidates, Voters For Change In Rural America
18 Sep 00 | Presidential candidates were invited by Willie Nelson to participate in a special family farm forum.
Farm Aid President Willie Nelson, reflecting on the woes that farmers have suffered over the past 15 years, said Farm Aid 2000 must represent a ...
Tipper Gore To Show Commitment To America's Family Farmers By Accompanying Willie Nelson At Farm Aid's 15th Anniversary Concert
13 Sep 00 | In her second major live performance Mrs. Gore, a lifelong music fan, will accompany Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson on the drums.
"Struggling farm families will be inspired to see Mrs. Gore join Farm Aid's efforts in support of rural America," ...
In Partnership With Farm Aid, USA Harvest To Collect Food For Needy Families At Farm Aid 2000 Presented By Best Buy
13 Sep 00 | USA Harvest, a national organization that collects and distributes donated food, will collect canned and boxed food donations at Farm Aid 2000 and will distribute the food to Washington, DC-area community action agencies.
The Farm Aid-USA Harvest...
Country Superstar Alan Jackson Just Added To Farm Aid 2000 Presented By Best Buy
01 Sep 00 | In addition to Jackson, the lineup for Farm Aid's 15th anniversary concert includes Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, along with Barenaked Ladies, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Travis Tritt, Sawyer Brown, Arlo ...
Nelson Letter Urges Voters And Candidates To Remember America's Family Farmers
25 Aug 00 | -In a personal letter released today, Farm Aid president Willie Nelson urges all Americans, especially voters and candidates, to remember family farmers in this election year.
Farm Aid's 15th anniversary comes in this crucial election year, and ...
A Letter To America... By Willie Nelson
25 Aug 00 | I believe the election this year will be decided by the Family Farmers, the less than 2 million small Family Farmers who are still very closely associated to the 10 to 20 million voters in the farm country.
I would think that whoever comes forth ...
Willie Nelson Asks Presidential Hopefuls To Meet With Family Farmers At Farm Aid's 15th Anniversary Concert
21 Aug 00 | The event will take place before Farm Aid's 15th anniversary concert, Sept. 17 at Nissan Pavilion in Prince William County, Va.
Hundreds of family farmers are expected at Farm Aid's 15th anniversary concert.
Farm Aid 2000 Presented By Best Buy Tickets On Sale Aug. 4
31 Jul 00 | PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA. Farm Aid will commemorate its 15th anniversary with a benefit concert scheduled for Sept.17, at Nissan Pavilion, just outside of Washington, DC.
"Farm Aid is back in the DC area this year, with artists offering a unique...
Nelson To Glickman On Organic Standards: Do Your Best For Family Farms
14 Jun 00 | - Farm Aid President Willie Nelson weighed in on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest organic rules draft today, saying the Department's second try moves the rules forward, but he strongly believes some parts need to be modified and ...
Farm Aid Statement On Family Farmers And The World Trade Organization Ministerial
02 Dec 99 | As the World Trade Organization gathers to address trade issues, family farmers renew their call for fair trade, not free trade.
Fair trade means trade that gives family farmers a fair price guaranteed to cover the cost of production.
Family Farmers Warn: If Your Next Crop Is GMO, It May Be Your Last
23 Nov 99 | In a ten-point Farmers' Declaration on Genetic Engineering in Agriculture released today, family farm groups caution that farmers who plant genetically altered seed are risking their livelihoods on a product that consumers around the world have ...
Farm Aid Statement on the Farmers' Declaration on Genetic Engineering in Agriculture
23 Nov 99 | To answer that need, Farm Aid, working in collaboration with the National Family Farm Coalition, convened a Family Farmers' Summit Conference on Genetic Engineering in Agriculture.
Farm Aid views the summit conference and the declaration as an ...