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Farm Aid provides $1 million in grants to rural farmers

Farm Aid continues to work toward its mission of supporting farmers around the country by distributing $1 million in grants this year.

The annual concert co-founded by Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson raises money for grassroots farmers. The organization says it distributed $1 million to farm families and 95 rural service and urban agriculture organizations throughout 2019, in addition to awarding scholarships to college students in the agriculture field.

A portion of this money also aided farming families who experienced the severe floods in the Midwest and Texas earlier this year, and helped develop farm-based solutions to climate change. Additionally, $32,000 in emergency grants were distributed to rural farmers to cover household essentials.

"Our goal is to create real change in our farm and food system, from the ground up," says Farm Aid president Willie Nelson, in a statement. "Farm Aid grantees strengthen family farmers, they build communities that can support each other in hard times, and they organize people to stand up and challenge corporate power in our food system. These are essential activities that benefit everyone -- eaters and farmers."

The 2019 concert was held on September 21 in East Troy, Wisconsin, and featured performances by the event's three co-founders and longtime Farm Aid member Dave Matthews, who played with his frequent collaborator Tim Reynolds. Other artists on the bill included Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and country artists Tanya Tucker, Luke Combs, Jamey Johnson, Brothers Osborne and Margo Price.

You can check out a video with highlights from the 2019 show at Farm Aid's official YouTube channel.





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