Farm Aid summer concert fundraiser set for Kansas

Wed May 11, 2011 4:15pm EDT
 
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Farm Aid, the group created in 1985 by Willie Nelson and his musical buddies to raise money for family farmers, will hold its annual concert August 13 in Kansas City, Kansas, organizers said on Wednesday.

Launched during the depths of the mid-1980s farm crisis by Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, the star-studded concerts have raised $37 million that is doled out in grants to farmers and to promote healthy, sustainably raised food.

Some 35,000 showed up at last year's 25th anniversary concert for Farm Aid at Milwaukee's Miller Park. This year, the event will be at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Jerry Norton)