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Farm Aid president and founder Willie Nelson along with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Jamey Johnson and a host of other acts will perform at the 26th annual Farm Aid concert to support American farmers  Saturday, Aug. 13, in Kansas City, Kan. The show will be held at Livestrong Sporting Park. This marks the first time that Farm Aid will take place in the state of Kansas.
Jamey says the concert is vital not only for farmers but for everyone. “It’s important for anyone who eats,” says the noted singer/songwriter. “It’ll go on as long as it takes to get the right result. And the right result is farmers who can actually make enough money off their crops to continue doing it.”
Farm Aid celebrates the role of family farmers, who have continued to face challenges to survive. Increasing corporate control and policies slanted against family farmers have made it difficult for farm families to survive. “Right now,” says Jamey, “you still have people filing for bankruptcy and getting out of the farm business every year. They’re getting squeezed out by a more financially resourceful competitor.”
Tickets for Farm Aid 2011 are available by phone at (800) 745-3000 or through ticketmaster.com . There will not be a live television broadcast of the concert.