Farm Aid 2014 Benefit Concert to Take Place September 13th in North Carolina [UPDATED]
The 2014 Farm Aid benefit concert is coming September 13th. The 27th benefit for American family farmers will take place for the first time ever in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Tickets are on sale now, and range in price from $49-$175. As usual, the concert will feature performances from Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, as well as Dave Matthews, who currently joins the other three on the Board of Directors.
Farm Aid will bring in performers from several genres, including country singers Jamey Johnson, Carlene Carter, Willie's son Lukas Nelson and North Carolina natives Delta Rae and Pegi Young. Musical variety will come via rocker Jack White, Austin-based guitarist Guy Clark, Jr., folk band Insects & Robots and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
According to Farm Aid's official website, Nelson explains the reason behind choosing Raleigh for the 2014 event, and the purpose of the concert in general:
"In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system. On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we'll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they're growing for all of us."
This will be the 27th Farm Aid concert to benefit American family farmers, and it's taken place in 18 different states over the years. According to the event's official website, since the first concert in 1985, Farm Aid has accomplished a lot for the cause, including:
- Demanding action on the dairy crisis. Dairy farms across the country are in a downward spiral — family dairy farmers aren't being paid what it truly costs to produce their milk due to a federal pricing system prone to manipulation, import loopholes, and other factors. Nearly 9,000 people like you have joined Farm Aid in calling on the USDA to set a fair price for dairy that will give farmers a decent shot at making a living.
- Stopping factory farms. Factory farms pose a real danger to our communities, our natural resources, and the livelihood of hardworking family farmers. Thousands of people have already signed on to our letter telling Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to stop using taxpayer money to prop up factory farms.
- Speaking out against corporate concentration. Corporate concentration puts the control of our food into the hands of a few corporations and forces farmers out of business and off the land. Thankfully this issue, which Farm Aid has been working on for years, is finally getting attention.