Farm Aid 2012 will come to Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA this year. The concert will take place on September 22nd and tickets for Farm Aid 2012 will go on sale Friday, July 13, at 10 a.m. EDT and will be available via Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
Dave Matthews was interviewed about the annual event and say's:
"I do feel like our awareness is changing in this country, but it's not fast, and it's not fast enough," Matthews said last week before his band performed at the same stadium where Farm Aid 2012 will be staged.
"There needs to be an effort, I think, to increase the number of people that are informed and the number of people who have access to better food."
As usual Farm Aid board members, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds) will perform. Other additional artists currently signed up are Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young and The Survivors, and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Many more artist will be announce at a later date.
Pennsylvania ranks third nationally in direct farmer-to-consumer sales, according to Farm Aid, and sixth with some 600 organic farms. Agriculture is the state's leading industry, and south-central Pennsylvania, where Hershey is located, includes vast areas of highly fertile farmland. The last time the concert was held in Pennsylvania was 2002, in Burgettstown, outside of Pittsburgh.