The annual Farm Aid music and food festival will return to the heart of dairy country on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Wisconsin. Coordinators of the event say this year the organization stages Farm Aid 2019 in an economic climate similar to the one that sparked the first Farm Aid concert in 1985.
President and Founder Willie Nelson says, “America’s family farmers are facing immense challenges to hold on to their farms. It’s not right.”
Farmer stress also is growing, with the risk of depression and suicide among people working in agriculture increasing as compared to the general population. Calls to Farm Aid’s farmer hotline have confirmed the trend, with a 109 percent increase in calls in 2018. Organizers also point out that Wisconsin lost nearly 700 dairy farms in 2018 alone.
Farm Aid 2019 will include performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, and others.
Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasters