Since the 1980’s Farm Aid has been raising money for America’s farmers and they continued to do just that as they raised over $500,000 through a “home” concert last week.
Farm Aid co-founder Willie Nelson hosted the show and performed at the hour-long live event on April 11, “At Home With Farm Aid,” along with his sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson.
Thanks to a partnership with AXS TV, it featured at-home performances from Farm Aid co-founders Neil Young and John Mellencamp, and board member Dave Matthews.
Willie said in a statement, “The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us. One of its many impacts is that it has helped us to better see the value of essential people like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers, and farmers and ranchers. Farm Aid has worked for 35 years to build a family farm centered agricultural system, and we are here now to support farmers and ranchers in this crisis, without whom we could not eat. The time to build a resilient family farm food system is now!”
Farm Aid will use the dollars to offer family farmers and ranchers in need with emergency grants, as well as legal, financial and mental health support resources through its 1-800-FARM-AID hotline.