Kenny Chesney will join Farm Aid at its annual benefit concert at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, the organization announced today.

“Growing up in a small town outside Knoxville, family farmers were a big part of our community,” said Chesney, who is from Luttrell, Tenn. “I am proud to play on the Farm Aid stage again, especially in Central Pennsylvania, where agriculture is at the heart of the community.”

Chesney is a four-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year. He joins the star-studded Farm Aid 2012 lineup, which features Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, performing with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack Johnson, ALO, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

“Kenny Chesney is a true friend to America’s family farmers and we are proud to have him back on the Farm Aid stage this year,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “The Farm Aid concert is possible thanks to the generosity of the artists, who donate their time and their performances to raise awareness about the family farmers who grow good food for all of us.”

Tickets for Farm Aid 2012 are available at www.livenation.com, [“www.ticketmaster.com”:, Ticketmaster outlets, GIANT Center Box Office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $35.75 to $99.75. For venue information, visit www.hersheyparkstadium.com.

Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $40 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

Source: PR Newswire

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