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Farm Aid 2003 to Rock Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, 18 June 2003 12:00 AM

"Farm Aid is committed to the hard working farm families who give us so much," said Nelson. "Ohio is a strong farming state where much of the farmland is still owned and operated by family farmers, the backbone of Ohio's economy."

"We're proud to bring Farm Aid 2003 to Ohio-a state that truly understands the value that family farmers bring to the community and to our country," said Matthews.

Agriculture is the engine of Ohio's economy. Currently, agriculture and related businesses employ one in every six Ohioans. Ninety-nine percent of Ohio's 78,000 farms are operated by family farmers. Ohio family farmers, like their counterparts across the country, are struggling to hold on to their farms in the face of threats from low commodity prices and factory farms. However, across Ohio, family farmers and farm organizations are working together locally to create a diverse and vibrant food and farming system. Farm Aid 2003 will highlight the challenges and innovations of family farmers in Ohio.

"Ohioans, who've cared for the land for generations, are part of the great American farming legacy that provides healthy, fresh food and keeps our country strong. Farm Aid is a way for all of us to ensure a future for America's family farmers," added Matthews.

"We are so privileged to be a part of bringing Farm Aid to Columbus," said Germain Amphitheater Executive Director Tracy Tucker. "The organization brings such goodwill and support for the family farmers of Ohio and the nation, and we are very happy to be involved with such a great cause."

Along with providing support to farm groups across the country, Farm Aid provides an unequaled level of entertainment for its audience to enjoy.

"We are very proud that, year after year, top artists donate their time and talents to Farm Aid to support family farmers," said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. "Farm Aid is a unique concert because the passion and variety of its artists make it one of the best and most memorable music experiences of the year."

The lineup promises another outstanding show this year, with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews headlining the bill. Additional artists will be announced soon.

Concert tickets will go on sale Saturday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets ($78 lower pavilion/$65 upper pavilion/$36 lawn) are available at all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge by phone in Columbus at 614.431.3600, Germain Amphitheater Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

For more information on Farm Aid, including concert information, or to make a donation, visit

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid board of directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $24 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.

Through public education and direct grants, Farm Aid supports national, regional and local efforts to promote sustainable agriculture, fight factory farms, advocate for fair farm prices, and provide credit counseling and direct assistance to farm families.

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"Farm Aid is committed to the hard working farm families who give us so much," said Nelson. "Ohio is a strong farming state where much of the farmland is still owned and operated by family farmers, the backbone of Ohio's economy." "We're proud to bring Farm Aid 2003 to...
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