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Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid Heads to Wisconsin, Joined by Bonnie Raitt, Margo Price, Tanya Tucker & More

on July 9, 2019 No comments
by Thom Duffy

Amid dairy farming crisis, the annual music & food festival takes place this year in an economic climate as harsh as the one that led to the first Farm Aid in 1985.

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Responding to an economic crisis among farmers nationwide, including Wisconsin’s dairy producers, Willie Nelson’s 34th annual Farm Aid benefit concert will be staged Sept. 21 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis., with Bonnie Raitt, Margo Price and Tanya Tucker among this year’s featured artists.

They will be joined by Farm Aid’s guiding foursome — Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews — as well as Tim Reynolds (in an acoustic set with Matthews), Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Brothers Osborne, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Yola and Particle Kid, with additional acts to be announced.  

LiveNation.com will place tickets for Farm Aid 2019 on sale at 10 a.m. CT on July 12. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available at 10 a.m. CT on July 10 at FarmAid.org/festival.

Farm Aid, the longest-running concert for a cause, was first staged by Nelson and his fellow musicians at a time when a wave of foreclosures were pushing family farmers off their land. Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised $53 million for programs to benefit family farmers and to support a family farm-centered food system in the United States.

Farm Aid 2019 Mixtape – Get ready for Farm Aid 2019 by listening to the artists who will perform on stage.

The annual music and food festival takes place this year in an economic climate as harsh as the one that led to the first Farm Aid. Wisconsin, nicknamed “America’s Dairyland,” is one of the nation’s leading producers of dairy products, particularly famous for its cheese. The state’s dairy industry generates $43.4 billion each year and is a major force in the state’s economy, Farm Aid reports. Yet declining dairy prices have led to the loss of nearly 700 dairy farms in the state — and some 3,000 nationwide — in 2018 alone. Farm Aid’s hotline, offering farmer assistance, has seen a 109% increase in calls in the past year.

Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Conn. on Sept. 22, 2018 © Ebet Roberts /Redferns/Getty Images

“With devastating weather, low prices and harmful farm and trade policies, America’s family farmers are facing immense challenges to hold on to their farms. It’s not right… family farmers are essential for all of us,” Nelson said in a statement released Tuesday (July 9).“By bringing our festival to the heart of the struggle, we will stand side by side with farmers. At Farm Aid 2019, we’ll highlight solutions and show our support for family farmers’ contributions to our health, economy and environment.”

Mellencamp says: “We’re bringing Farm Aid to the heartland because we need to show the country what’s happening to the people who grow our food and take care of our soil and water. We want family farmers to know that we won’t let them go down without a fight. And neither should you — farmers need us, and we need farmers.”

Matthews adds: “Everybody in this country should have access to good food. And the people produce the best food — our family farmers — should be able to produce it without being afraid of going hungry themselves because they can’t make ends meet. These are the values that bring Farm Aid to Wisconsin this year.” 

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