Willie Nelson(1930 -)
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country singer,songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist from Texas. He is inducted for founding Farm Aid, an organization whose mission is to build a vibrant, family farm centered system of agriculture. Farm Aid features an annual fundraising concert and promotes food from family farms through marketing, support and grassroots campaigns.
Nelson was born in Abbott, a small farming community in Texas, in 1930. He grew up in a region where farmers were hard-hit by the depression, and so gained a respect and admiration for family farmers and the value of hard work that has carried with him throughout his life.
In 1985, Nelson—along with Neil Young and JohnMellencamp—founded Farm Aid to use their voices and the support of the American people to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Since1985, Farm Aid has raised millions of dollars to promote a strong and resilient family farm system that ensures farmers a fair living, strengthens American communities, protects natural resources and delivers good food for all.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to join the company of the inductees already in the Agricultural Hall of Fame,” said Nelson on his induction, “I have long said that family farmers are the backbone of our country. I never thought Farm Aid would need to be around as long as it has been, but we know our country needs family farmers, and Farm Aid will be here as long as family farmers need us. It’s up to all of us to work together to keep family farmers growing.”