Willie Nelson is giving back a record-breaking amount of money to American farmers in need, thanks to proceeds raised from his annual Farm Aid concert.
This year marked the 30th anniversary of the concert series that was created by Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young to help support struggling farmers. This year’s big milestone helped to drive an incredible amount of donations to the organization, which is now distributing the funds to those who need it the most.
This photo of Nelson was recently shared by Farm Aid’s Twitter account, and shows Nelson as he happily writes checks for this year’s grand recipients.
So far this year, Farm Aid has awarded $590,000 to 79 non-profit organizations which are helping farmers and their crops survive and thrive. With the addition of thousands of dollars donated for emergency funding during crises and $13,000 sent to farmers and farm advocates for leadership development, Farm Aid has distributed over $610,000 to farmers across the country in 2015.
Since the first Farm Aid concert in 1985, Nelson and his organization has awarded more than 2,000 grants to over 300 organizations. This year’s concert event included performances from Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Holly Williams and Old Crow Medicine Show.