Last weekend's virtual Farm Aid benefit concert, hosted by organization co-founder Willie Nelson, raised more than $500,000 to support American family farmers and ranchers affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Nelson performed at and hosted the hour-long live event on April 11, At Home With Farm Aid, along with his sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson. Thanks to a partnership with AXS TV, it featured at-home performances from Farm Aid co-founders Neil Young and John Mellencamp, and board member Dave Matthews.
While the show itself was free to watch, Farm Aid says the event helped it cull relief fund donations from all 50 states, and 15 countries. Farm Aid will use the dollars to offer family farmers and ranchers in need with emergency grants, as well as legal, financial and mental health support resources through its 1-800-FARM-AID hotline. It will also advocate for increased recovery funds from the federal government, and support local, state and national farm organizations working to help farmers navigate the crisis.