Farm Aid No. 25

Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp today disclosed a few details about the 25th annual Farm Aid, revealing venue, but so far no lineup outside the usual suspects.

Nelson and Mellencamp along with Farm Aid board members Neil Young and Dave Matthews will perform Oct. 2 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, home of the MLB National League team Milwaukee Brewers. This year marks the first time the annual concert benefiting American farmers takes place at a major league ballpark.

Other artist announcements are forthcoming.

But while a star-studded, multi-artist lineup is definitely a highlight of Farm Aid, the main focus is always the American farmer.

“For 25 years, Farm Aid has worked to keep family farmers on the land,” Nelson said during a press conference at Miller Park and streamed on the Internet. “This anniversary concert is a chance for everyone to join with Farm Aid to support the family farmers who are growing hope for America, through the good food they produce, the economies they build, and their care for the soil and water. Family farmers are the backbone of our country, and right now we need them more than ever.”

Although the press conference took place at Miller Park, Nelson and Mellencamp participated via video hookup with the latter speaking from his home state of Indiana. Mellencamp took the opportunity to explain why Milwaukee is the perfect place to host the charity concert’s 25th anniversary.

“Midwest farmers share the same struggle as family farmers across the country. They are survivors, and they’re on the land creating solutions for America’s most pressing issues,” Mellencamp said. “Since 1985, Farm Aid has been a way for everyone in this country to step up and be part of the solution, because nobody is going to solve these problems on their own. It’s going to take all of us working together.”