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Farm Aid celebrates 30th anniversary in 2015

Concert scheduled for Saturday, September 19

By Diego Flammini,

Oh 1985 how good you were.

Madonna topped the Billboard music charts twice with “Like a Virgin” and “Crazy for You”, the Edmonton Oilers were in their glory days winning Stanley Cups and the year also gave us movie classics like “Back to the Future”, “The Goonies” and “The Breakfast Club”.

1985 also played host to the very first Farm Aid concert organized by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in an effort to bring attention to the decrease in family farms and trying to keep farm families operational.

In 2015, Farm Aid and other creations of 1985 are turning 30.

“The first Farm Aid concert featured more than 50 artists on one stage,” said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson on the Farm Aid website. “In the 29 years since, hundreds more artists have given their time and talent to support family farmers. This year, we would like to invite even more artists to join us onstage as we celebrate family farm agriculture.”

Details of total performers and the location for the Saturday, September 19th show have not yet been released.

The show will feature Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, who became a member of the Board of Directors in 2001.

Farm Aid is responsible for raising more than $45 million to help strengthen family farms and agriculture. They’ve accomplished this by following their mission goals of promoting food from family farms, growing the good food movement, helping farmers thrive and taking action to change the system.

Willie Nelson
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Dave Matthews
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John Mellencamp

Neil Young
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