Farm Aid’s annual music and food festival will return to the heart of dairy country on Saturday, September 21, in Wisconsin.
President and founder Willie Nelson said, “America’s family farmers are facing immense challenges to hold on to their farms.” Farmer stress also is growing, with the risk of depression and suicide among people working in agriculture increasing as compared to the general population.
Calls to Farm Aid’s farmer hotline have confirmed the trend, with a 109 percent increase in calls in 2018. Organizers also point out that Wisconsin lost nearly 700 dairy farms in 2018 alone.
Farm Aid 2019 will include performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, among others.