On Sept. 22, Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., will play host to some of the most legendary acts in music — all in an effort to raise money for family farmers. 


The 27th "Farm Aid" — an idea conceived in 1985 — will feature its founding members, including Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young as well as performers such as Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.


“We’ve built a strong family farm movement to grow our economy, ensure our health and protect our environment,” said Nelson, the Farm Aid president, in a statement. “Farm Aid brings these Main Street values to transform the Wall Street-controlled farm and food system.”


Since its beginning, the concert series has raised more than $40 million to help struggling family farmers stay on their lands. 


"As the family farm goes, so goes America, and what then will this country be, and how proud are we going to be of ourselves?" Mellencamp said during the 25th anniversary festivities in 2010.


Last year's event in Kansas City drew more than 15,000 people and featured the organization's largest homegrown Village, where more than 30 food and farm groups offered concert-goers "hands-on interactive experiences with soil, water, food, renewable energy and family farmers."


Tickets for Farm Aid 2012 go on sale on July 13. To find out more details, jump here


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27th Farm Aid concert coming to Pennsylvania
Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews to headline benefit in Hershey, Pa.