What happened at Farm Aid 2017?
Farm Aid 2017 was held at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA, on September 16. A crowd of 23,000 enjoyed performances by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds.
Where was Farm Aid 2014 held?
Farm Aid 2014 was held at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 13. A crowd of more than 20,000 enjoyed performances by Farm Aid Board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds.
How long has Farm Aid been helping family farmers?
For 35 years, Farm Aid has stood with family farmers. With your support, we’ll continue to be here for them. Are you a farmer? Visit our Farmer Resource Network to explore services and opportunities for your farm.
What is Farm Aid doing in Pennsylvania?
The Pennsylvania show marked the first time that a Farm Aid concert was held in the Northeast. The state is known for its strong family farmer tradition and its commitment to sustainable agriculture. Farm Aid worked with local organizations, farmers, and citizens, to highlight some of the critical issues facing Pennsylvania family farmers.
Are you a farmer?
Visit our Farmer Resource Network to explore services and opportunities for your farm.
What was the purpose of the United Farmer and Rancher Congress?
In early 1986, Farm Aid issued an invitation to all leading farm organizations to come to a planning meeting for a national farm conference. The result was the United Farmer and Rancher Congress (UFRC), in September, 1986. Farmers and ranchers came by plane, bus, train and car from nearly every rural area in the United States to be in St. Louis, Missouri for three days. They represented rural America in crisis and they came searching for solutions to the problems they were facing. The UFRC provided an educational forum and a unifying experience. Many participants left infused with renewed hope and spirit in spite of the continuing struggle. Farmers and ranchers carried forward the ideas discussed in St. Louis and organized follow-up county and state meetings to share what they had learned. Farm Aid II was held on July 4, 1986 in Austin, Texas. It was shown live on VH-1 and millions of viewers tuned in to watch performances by Alabama, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beach Boys and more.
How many farms were lost in 1994?
During 1994, our country lost over 500 farms a week. Because of the urgent situation on thousands of farms, Farm Aid continued to fund a network of support for family farmers in financial distress. Attention was brought to the plight of farm families through the publicity surrounding the case of the Krikava family. Ernest Krikava, a 60-year-old Nebraska farmer, was sentenced to prison for illegally selling his hogs during his farm’s bankruptcy proceedings. The family had acted out of desperation. They had no food for themselves, their hogs were starving and the bank refused to release funds to operate the farm. Ernest Krikava was later pardoned by President Clinton, due in part to the advocacy work of Willie Nelson and Farm Aid. Ernest’s son Kevin was Willie’s guest at Farm Aid VII which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 18. Performers included the Neville Brothers, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, John Conlee and Kris Kristofferson.
How many people attended the 2008 Mansfield concert?
Held at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on September 20, 2008, nearly 20,000 fans in the crowd enjoyed performances by Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds.
What was the theme of Farm Aid in 1992?
“Economic Recovery starts in the Heartland with Family Farmers” was Farm Aid’s theme for 1992. Farmers Home Administration sent out 40,000 foreclosure notices to troubled farms. The impact of the loss of these farms on rural communities was devastating. Every five farms that closed down took one small business with them. Small towns across America were being boarded up. Schools, hospitals and farm houses were left empty. Willie Nelson and Farm Aid helped to bring this to the attention of the new Clinton Administration. Farm Aid joined family farm organizations in expressing hope for greater access to this administration in order to change federal policies to support family farming. Farm Aid also staged its fifth concert on March 14, 1992, at the Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas at the invitation of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. A crowd of almost 40,000 heard over fifty acts perform, including Paul Simon, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, the Highwaymen, Lorrie Morgan and Ricky Van Shelton.
What is Farm Aid?
Farm Aid responded quickly with financial and media support for dairy farmers who suffered a devastating drop in prices. Dairy farmers organized around the country in an effort to survive. Farm Aid joined Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in a consumer campaign to help save family farms. It was Farm Aid’s first full year of publishing its newsletter, the Farm Aid Update, for donors and friends.
How did the flood of 93 affect the Midwest?
All of America watched as the Flood of ’93 left thousands of Midwest families homeless. Heavy rains caused the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to rise up and overflow their banks, swallowing entire towns along the way. Eight million acres of crops were destroyed and 20 million acres were damaged. With their backs already against the wall due to heavy debt and low farm prices, Midwest family farmers had few resources left to deal with the effects of the flooding. In response to the flood, Farm Aid created the Family Farm Disaster Fund to support organizations that worked directly with farm families stricken by the flood. When farmers needed help to avoid foreclosure due to losses from the flood, Farm Aid-funded groups were there to help them save their farms. Farm Aid VI, held in Ames, Iowa on April 24, featured performances by Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Marty Stuart, Martina McBride, the Highwaymen, and Dwight Yoakam.