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Farm Aid goes to Kansas

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – Farm Aid, the group spearheaded by Willie Nelson and Neil Young, announced today that it will bring its annual benefit concert to Kansas City in August, marking the first time that the organization will stage the event in Kansas. Farm Aid 2011 will be the first concert event at the new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

"I'm looking forward to bringing my friends together in Kansas for the first time to honor family farmers" said Farm Aid president Nelson. "Farm Aid celebrates the independent family farmers and ranchers who make this country strong, and we know we can only fix the challenges our country faces with the know-how of family farmers."

Farm Aid 2011 will feature Farm Aid board members Nelson, Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews on Saturday, Aug. 13. Other top artists will soon be announced. The concert benefits Farm Aid's mission to keep family farmers on the land to guarantee an agricultural system that ensures farmers a fair living, strengthens our communities, protects our natural resources and delivers food.

"Willie, John, Neil and Dave stand up to say that our country needs family farmers," said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. "Farm Aid 2011 is an opportunity for everyone to stand up with them. There is a strong culture of agriculture here in Kansas-rural and urban-and a growing movement to bring good food to everyone. We're proud to bring Farm Aid 2011 to the Sunflower State and shine a spotlight on the family farmers and ranchers whose hard work and innovations are essential for all of us."

Since 1985, Farm Aid has traveled the country, staging annual concerts and supporting organizations that work locally, regionally and nationally to strengthen family farms.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2011 will go on sale Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. central and are available by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for Farm Aid 2011 are $29 for general admission; $39, $69 and $99 for reserved seats; and $149 for a limited number of premium seats. Ticket prices include a $4 facility fee.

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