Neil Young, Willie Nelson to protest pipeline with concert

Neil Young, Willie Nelson to protest pipeline with concert

NELIGH, Neb., Aug. 19 (UPI) --Neil Young and Willie Nelson will headline a "Harvest the Hope" concert in September to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska.
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2013 edition of Farm Aid is sold out

2013 edition of Farm Aid is sold out

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., July 8 (UPI) -- Tickets for Farm Aid 2013 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., have been sold out, organizers announced.
Johnson, Lee, Musgraves join Farm Aid lineup

Johnson, Lee, Musgraves join Farm Aid lineup

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., June 24 (UPI) -- Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves and Toad the Wet Sprocket are among the acts booked to perform at Farm Aid 2013 in upstate New York, organizers said.

Willie Nelson concert to benefit West, Texas, firefighters

BEE CAVE, Texas, April 26 (UPI) -- A Willie Nelson concert near Austin will now benefit the West, Texas, volunteer fire department, which lost six firefighters in a fertilizer plant explosion.
Nelson taking Farm Aid to St. Louis

Nelson taking Farm Aid to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, July 16 (UPI) -- Willie Nelson says he, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are set to perform at Farm Aid in St. Louis this fall.
Farm Aid to Congress: Bail out farmers

Farm Aid to Congress: Bail out farmers

SOMERVILLE, Mass., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Farm Aid's star-studded board of directors is urging Congress to redirect the $700 billion Wall Street bailout it is considering to U.S. farmers.

Farm Aid to help those devastated by Ike

SOMERVILLE, Mass., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Farm Aid President Willie Nelson said his organization is set to donate more than $30,000 to families in Texas and Louisiana hit hard by Hurricane Ike.
Chesney joins Farm Aid lineup

Chesney joins Farm Aid lineup

SOMERVILLE, Mass., July 28 (UPI) -- Country music star Kenny Chesney has joined the lineup of artists to perform at Farm Aid's first New England music festival, organizers said Monday.
Farm Aid '08 to take place in Boston

Farm Aid '08 to take place in Boston

BOSTON, July 15 (UPI) -- Recording artist John Mellencamp stopped by Copley Square Farmers Market in Massachusetts Tuesday to announce that Farm Aid 2008 is to take place in Boston.

Farm Aid 2007 concert in New York

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg welcomed Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp to announce Farm Aid 2007: A Homegrown Festival.

Johanns: Bush to fight additional farm aid

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The Bush administration will oppose farm-disaster aid that is not offset by cuts to other agricultural programs, the U.S. agriculture secretary said Tuesday.

Farm Aid 2006 draws 25,000 fans

CAMDEN, N.J., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- This weekend's Farm Aid event in Camden, N.J. saw 25,000 fans raise $1.1 million in ticket sales, while artists promoted the purchase of family farm foods.

XM to carry Saturday's Farm Aid concert

CAMDEN, N.J., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- XM Satellite Radio plans to broadcast live Saturday's annual Farm Aid concert at the waterfront in Camden, N.J.

20th Farm Aid concert adds Jerry Lee Lewis

CAMDEN, N.J., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Jerry Lee Lewis, Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Gov't Mule have been added to the bill for the 20th annual Farm Aid in Camden, N.J.
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Farm Aid
COL2003090706 - Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Neil Young performs at the 18th Farm Aid concert at the Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio on Sept. 7, 2003. rlw/awc/Archie Carpenter UPI

Farm Aid started as a benefit concert on September 22, 1985, in Champaign, Illinois, held to raise money for family farmers in the United States. The concert was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, spurred on by Bob Dylan's comments at Live Aid earlier in that year. (Dylan said, "I hope that some of the money...maybe they can just take a little bit of it, maybe...one or two million, maybe...and use it, say, to pay the mortgages on some of the farms and, the farmers here, owe to the banks....") Nelson and Mellencamp then brought family farmers before Congress to testify about the state of family farming in America. Congress subsequently passed the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to help save family farms from foreclosure.

Today, Farm Aid is an organization that works to increase awareness of the importance of family farms, and puts on an annual concert of country, blues and rock music with a variety of stars. The board of directors includes Nelson, Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews. Young's speeches about the environment are a highlight of the annual shows.

The 2005 concert, marked the 20th anniversary of Farm Aid, took place at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Illinois, with events in downtown Chicago as well. The 2007 Concert took place at Randalls Island in New York City (1st Farm Aid in New York) and was recorded in High Definition to be broadcast on HDNet as a 2 Hour Special highlighting many of the performances from the Allman Brothers and Counting Crows to John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson.

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