Virtual Farm Aid Raises More Than $500,000 For Farmers

The Virtual Farm Aid concert hosted by Farm Aid co-founder Willie Nelson on April 11 to support American farmers affected by the coronavirus pandemic raised more than $500,000.

Nelson, along with his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, performed during At Home With Farm Aid. The concert also featured at-home performances from Farm Aid co-founders Neil Young and John Mellencap as well as board member Dave Matthews.

The show, presented by AXS TV and broadcast on farmaid.org and Nelson and Mathews’s SiriusXM channels, was free to watch, but donations poured in from across America and fifteen other countries.

According to a press release, Farm Aid will use the funds to provide emergency grants, legal and financial support to farmers and ranchers. The foundation will also offer mental health support to the needy through its Farm-Aid hotline.

“The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us. One of its many impacts is that it has helped us to better see the value of essential people like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers, and farmers and ranchers,” Nelson said in a statement.

He added, “Farm Aid has worked for 35 years to build a family farm centered agricultural system, and we are here now to support farmers and ranchers in this crisis, without whom we could not eat. The time to build a resilient family farm food system is now!”

Earlier, following the cancellation of his Luck Reunion last month, Nelson went digital and raised more than $200,000 for impacted artists.

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