Deere and Company has announced that it will be hosting a virtual country music benefit, "The Farm Must Go On by John Deere," on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET to benefit Farm Rescue. This nonprofit – which was founded in 2005 – is dedicated to helping farmers living with major illness and injury or enduring the impact of natural disasters.
When a farmer is in crisis, Farm Rescue and its volunteers step in to help the individual get their crops planted or harvested. In turn, they not only help the individual and his or her family but also ensure that food continues to be distributed across the country.
"The impact of COVID-19 has been felt by everyone throughout the country and around the world. Farmers are no exception," says Bill Gross, President and Founder of Farm Rescue, which provides the necessary farm equipment and volunteer manpower to farmers in need. "COVID highlights the vulnerability of family farms—when something unpredicted happens, not only is the family carrying that health burden, but also the pressure to produce, and the stresses of maintaining a viable operation."
"The Farm Must Go On by John Deere" will be open to the general public and broadcast live from the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. Dustin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, and Mickey Guyton are some of the many artists who will be performing.
"John Deere and Farm Rescue share something special—our work is driven by a commitment to empower the livelihoods of farmers," said Nate Clark, president of the John Deere Foundation.
More information can be found at TheFarmMustGoOn.com, and donations can also be made on the site to support farmers in need.