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Farm Aid 2009 Heads For St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Farm Aid has announced that they are planning to hit St. Louis this year, marking the first time that the organization will stage the event in Missouri.

"Farm Aid has deep roots in the Midwest that reach back to our first concert in Illinois in 1985," said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson. "I'm looking forward to bringing my friends together on the Farm Aid stage to celebrate family farmers and the crucial work they do. Farmers do so much more than bring us the good food we all want to eat. America needs family farmers to revitalize our economy and make our country healthy."

The festival, set for October 4th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Mo. has a lineup featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews along with other headliners, TBA.

In addition to music, the event will include "homegrown" concessions consisting of organic food grown locally on family farms. The event will also feature the Homegrown Village which will provide a showcase for concert-goers to meet farms and get their hands dirty participating in 'hands-on' activities.

Farm Aid has been a fixture on the American festival scene since its inaugural edition in 1985. The events have always been focused on supporting organizations that work locally, regionally and nationally to strengthen family farms.organizations that work locally, regionally and nationally to strengthen family farms. This year, Farm Aid has received a record number of calls to its hotline from farmers in need due to credit shortages, falling prices and the sharp increase in costs of production. Farm Aid's annual benefit concert is its primary event to raise funds in support of this work.

Tickets for the event go on-sale on July 25 and are available through, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater box office or at most Blockbuster locations. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers