Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow Join Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid in Raleigh – Billboard

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Willie Nelson’s annual Farm Help competition, happening Sept. 24 in Raleigh, N.C. and specializing in local weather resilient agriculture, will characteristic Chris Stapleton and Sheryl Crow, together with Farm Help board members Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Margo Worth. Further acts on the Coastal Credit score Union Music Park at Walnut Creek will embrace Nathaniel Rateliff and The Evening Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Actual, Allison Russell, Charley Crockett, Brittney Spencer and Particle Child.

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Absent from the competition stage for the second consecutive 12 months might be Farm Help board member Neil Younger, who lately responded to a fan’s letter on his web site, stating: “I can’t be at Farmaid this 12 months. I’m not prepared for that but. I don’t suppose it’s protected within the pandemic. I miss it very a lot.” Younger cited COVID-19 considerations in sitting out the 2021 competition in Hartford, Conn.. In 2020, Farm Help was introduced on-line.

Though Farm Help had no additional touch upon Younger’s resolution, he was not included within the lineup revealed at present (July 26). The group notes it’s “staying updated on the most recent CDC steerage and business finest practices to restrict the transmission of COVID-19. Farm Help is taking varied precautions, together with enhanced sanitation protocols and streamlined operations to forestall pointless crowding. Farm Help will monitor the scenario carefully and can replace protocols as warranted main as much as the competition.”

Farm Help tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m. ET, at LiveNation.com. A restricted variety of pre-sale tickets might be obtainable starting at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27, at www.farmaid.org/tickets.

Occasion updates might be posted on Twitter (@FarmAid), Fb (fb.com/farmaid) and Instagram (instagram.com/farmaid), and at farmaid.org/competition. The group is selling use of the hashtags #FarmAid2022 and #Road2FarmAid on social media.

The competition’s return to the Raleigh amphitheater, the place it beforehand was staged in 2014, “will showcase how farmers are main the way in which to mitigate local weather change by sharing their tales on the Farm Help stage and all through the occasion,” the group introduced.

“I’ve all the time mentioned that household farmers strengthen us all,” mentioned Nelson in a press release. “Farmers in North Carolina, throughout the Southeast, and everywhere in the nation are rising options to our hardest challenges, together with local weather change. We’re bringing Farm Help right here to focus on their exhausting work and have a good time the methods we will all be a part of farmers to assist.”

In a singular instance of a musician’s dedication to a trigger, Nelson has maintained his deal with supporting America’s household farmers throughout 4 a long time, since launching Farm Help in 1985.  

Since 1985, with the assist of artists who contribute their performances, the group has raised greater than $64 million to assist applications that assist household farmers thrive. Farm Help year-round takes motion to shift the nation away from industrial agriculture and to develop the markets for meals from household farms.

Other than its hours of nice music, Farm Help is an annual gathering place for activists concerned within the Good Meals Motion and associated considerations with social justice and the surroundings. Attendees may have entry to Homegrown Concessions, Farm Help’s trademarked menu of meals produced by household farmers, utilizing ecological practices, with a good value paid to the farmers. A portion of the Walnut Creek amphitheater website might be put aside for Homegrown Village, that includes actions to focus on points round soil, water, vitality, meals and farming. 

Farm Help is properly positioned to focus on the significance of farming to its host state of North Carolina. The group notes that agriculture generates $92.7 billion yearly and employs 17.5% of the state’s workforce (greater than 700,000 jobs). It’s residence to 41,500 farms and farmland makes up greater than 8.3 million acres of the state, with direct to shopper gross sales “creating the inspiration for a vibrant native meals system,” in response to Farm Help’s competition announcement.

And but, the announcement continues, “throughout the state, local weather change has a substantial influence — particularly on communities of shade, rural communities and people working in agriculture. North Carolina farmers are implementing methods to mitigate local weather change, together with planting crops to cowl soil between rising seasons, rotating crops, lowering soil tillage, integrating livestock and crop manufacturing, elevating pastured livestock, and enhancing soil and water administration.”

For the second consecutive 12 months, the nation life-style community Circle — a partnership of Grey Tv and the Opry Leisure Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. — would be the unique broadcast companion of Farm Help, and also will carry protection on its Fb, Twitter and TikTok pages. The competition additionally will air reside on FarmAid.org and the group’s YouTube channel. Farm Help’s sponsors this 12 months embrace Patagonia Workwear and DISH Community.

“All over the place we go, we hear from festival-goers that there’s nothing fairly just like the Farm Help expertise,” Farm Help government director Carolyn Mugar says in a press release. “Farmers and eaters are impressed and empowered on the intersection of music and household farm meals to assist the supply of our meals — household famers — and to hitch farmers in preventing for our soil and water. We are going to have a good time the household farmers of the Southeast and amplify their voices on the Farm Help stage in September.”

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