Margo Price has become the first female artist elected to the Board of Directors for Farm Aid, the organisation which puts on an annual benefit but works year-round to “build a system of agriculture that values family farmers, good food, soil and water, and strong communities.” Through a unanimous vote, both Price and life-long family farm advocate and humanitarian Annie Nelson join board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and six industry professionals in a commitment to further the organization’s efforts..” Since performing at her first Farm Aid concert in 2016, Price has been a stalwart of the festival, and her dedication to Farm Aid’s mission stretches back even further due to her personal experiences. In accepting her distinguished new role, Price says:
“It is always a thrill to perform alongside my heroes on the Farm Aid stage, and it is one of the greatest honors of my life to become a member of the Farm Aid board. It’s been a dream of mine to help family farmers and communities across America ever since my family lost their farm in the fall of 1984 – a year before the first Farm Aid concert. I hope to use my voice to shine light on the issues of climate change, our health and the health of our soil and water, and, most importantly, food justice.”
Margo Price is the second artist to ever be added to Farm Aid’s Board of Directors, following Dave Matthews’ appointment in 2001 (Mellencamp, Nelson and Young are founding members).
Joining the Farm Aid Board of Directors is one of the many new responsibilities Margo Price has taken on over the past year. In a recent profile for The New York Times business series, “Like a Boss,” Price broke down her pandemic work diary – from writing and editing a memoir, to recording two new albums and more while raising her two children.
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