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John Deere benefit concert raises $280K for Farm Rescue

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On Dec. 9, John Deere hosted a fundraiser for Farm Rescue, The Farm Must Go On. The concert shined a spotlight on farmers and all that they do for our country, because farmers can never push pause.

The concert, which was open to the general public, honored how innovative, industrious, and resilient farmers are — a side many in the non-farming community rarely gets to see. The headliners were Dustin Lynch, Mickey Guyton, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae and Travis Denning. Viewers also got to learn about the good Farm Rescue does for families during their darkest time.

Farm Rescue helps farmers and ranchers suffering from major illness, injury or natural disaster to plant, hay, or harvest their crop. Farm Rescue has helped over 700 farm families in seven states since 2005. As the official equipment partner of Farm Rescue, John Deere works with dealers and provides Farm Rescue with free access to its latest machines and technologies so that Farm Rescue’s work can continue and grow. 

Although the concert was free and streamed on YouTube, donations were encouraged and went directly to Farm Rescue to provide its volunteer workforce with meals and lodging, as well as putting fuel in vehicles and machinery. As a result of last night’s live streaming event, Farm Rescue raised a total of more than $280,000 through individual donations and John Deere’s company match. But don’t worry, if you missed the concert last night and want to donate, you can visit The Farm Must Go website or watch the concert below.

Over 6,000 people watched the two-hour concert on YouTube while commenting and donating in real time to Farm Rescue. However, by the following morning, there were over 50,000 views on YouTube! One YouTuber commented, “I just want to say thank you John Deere for putting this together and thank you to my fellow farmers for what we do for this country.” 

Country music singer Dustin Lynch said, “There’s a lot of guys and girls who are responsible for feeding this great country and honestly a lot of other countries. Farming in the United States of America is a worldwide deal. When our farmers are affected it not only affects us here in the states but all over the place so taking care of those families who have had a tough year is very important.”

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