Music stars Matthews Johnson, Crow, lead annual Farm Aid

BURGETTSVILLE, Pa – Keeping local farming alive in Pennsylvania. The 32nd annual Farm Aid was held at the KeyBank Pavilion just outside Pittsburgh Saturday. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and raise funds to support local farms.

Current music stars took the stage during the day-long event. Those included Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, The Avett Brothers and Margo Price.

Neil Young on politics impacting farms in the U.S. says America is already great,”Good food is great. We need to give it to our kids and we need to grow it and we need to share it. We need to eliminate board rooms and these people that are controlling the prices…trying to control everything.”

Matthews then addressed the crowd, “We can learn the power that we have, and the that’s there in heaven and earth by growing our own food. It changes how we connect to everything if we can get our hands dirty.”

Sheryl Crow discussed her own farm experiences, “As I got older, the first thing my Dad says is to get some farmland, and we’ll do community farming. So my brother and I both graze rice, we have corn and we do soy beans.”

This was an event was first organized by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization with a mission to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid works with local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies. (Sara Lauver/Matt Catrillo)

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