Farm Aid 2009 to ft. Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young & more
St.Louis Missouri will host the annual Farm Aid concert to benefit American farmers on October 4th. Backed by board of directors members and core performers like Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, Farm Aid 2009 promises to be a rootin' tootin' good time.
As the longest-running benefit concert series, Farm Aid has raised nearly $35 million since 1985 for family farmers struggling to keep their small agriculture businesses alive in the face of government regulation and industrial farming.
Farm Aid's mission is to promote a "vibrant family-farm system in America", and it helps to foster a demand for good food from family farms by connecting consumers with farmers and spreading the word about the benefits of family farms as well as the dark side of industrial farming.
"St. Louis is a good location because of the history of farming there," says Matthews of this year's venue. "In recent years, more so on the East Coast, there's a perception farming has died, but that's not true. Missouri is in many ways in the same battle as everyone else in the country."
Long-time supporter and green celebrity Willie Nelson said he hopes this year's Farm Aid raises "as much money as possible" in St. Louis this fall. Last year's show, held in Mansfield, Mass. raised about $1.1 million for farmers.
If you're looking for another excuse to support your local farmers, consider making the trip to Missouri to join the hootenanny! Tickets to Farm Aid go on sale at 10a.m., July 25 at livenation.com, the Verizon box office, and by calling 877-598-8703.