Virtual Farm Aid Concert Raises $500,000
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It Will Benefit American Farmers and Ranchers
Willie Nelson hosted a virtual benefit concert titled At Home With Farm Aid on April 11. In partnership with AXS TV, they aimed to raise funds to help farmers and ranchers who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The hour-long live event featured at-home performances from Nelson himself along with his sons, Lukas and Micah, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews.
Aside from emergency grants, Farm Aid will connect the family farmers and ranchers to financial, legal, and even mental health support resources via the 1-800-FARM-AID hotline. The organization also supports local, state and national farm organizations, and advocates for coronavirus recovery funds from the federal government.
Nelson 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!”
Check out the performances below.