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- 06/22/16--07:15: Willie Nelson And Alabama Shakes To Perform At Farm Aid 2016
- 06/15/17--07:30: Farm Aid's Music And Food Festival Travels To Pittsburgh Area
Farm Aid announced today that its annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., with tickets on sale to the public on Monday, June 27.
“Folks are educating themselves about where and how food is grown — they’re hungry for the truth,” said Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson. “Family farmers bring us good food, protect our soil and water, and strengthen our country. The Farm Aid concert is a day for us to honor that truth and keep working for family farmers.”
Farm Aid 2016, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews— with Tim Reynolds — as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter and Insects vs Robots.
Recognizing that severe economic conditions threaten commodity farmers across the country, Farm Aid 2016, which took place on Saturday at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, emphasized how collaboration and innovative problem-solving can strengthen food systems and family farmer livelihoods.
The annual music and food festival celebrating family farmers brought 20,000 fans together just outside the nation’s capital to celebrate ground-breaking, cooperative approaches to overcoming barriers to a family farm system of agriculture. At the same time, as dairy farmers and other commodity producers struggle with the consequences of record low prices, Farm Aid says family farmers need a broad coalition of partners to stand with them and collaborate to surmount the many obstacles that are forcing them off the land.
“The first Farm Aid sparked a 31-year effort to put power back into the hands of family farmers and all of us who eat,” said Willie Nelson, president and founder of Farm Aid. “We’ve made a lot of progress, but it’s clear we aren’t done yet. Family farmers still aren’t getting a fair shake. We need to keep coming together to help each other and find solutions.”
Farm Aid has announced that its annual food and music festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., with tickets on sale to the public on Friday, June 23.
“Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania,” Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said. “What’s happening in western Pennsylvania and the region shows us that we can count on family farmers to strengthen our communities and connect people. Whether we live in rural or urban places, food — and music — brings us all together.”
Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s leading economic enterprise, and production agriculture and agribusiness contributes nearly $75 billion total to Pennsylvania’s economy each year. Home to 58,200 farms, Pennsylvania is ranked 22nd nationally in farm sales. The state is also the birthplace of organic agriculture in the United States and a trailblazer in developing sustainable agriculture practices.