Moline-based Deere and Company will host a virtual country music benefit at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 to benefit Farm Rescue.
Farm Rescue helps farmers and ranchers who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster by providing equipment and manpower to plant, hay or harvest their crop. Livestock feeding assistance is also available to ranchers. Farm Rescue helps farm and ranch families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.
“The impact of COVID-19 has been felt by everyone throughout the country and around the world. Farmers are no exception,” Bill Gross, president and founder of Farm Rescue, said.
“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 virtual benefit concert, open to the general public, will honor how innovative, industrious and resilient farmers are while shining a spotlight on all that they do for our country.
“John Deere and Farm Rescue share something special — our work is driven by a commitment to empower the livelihoods of farmers. For John Deere, it’s about the machines, technologies and services that enable farmers to become more profitable and sustainable, despite the challenges and uncertainty they face,” Nate Clark, president of the John Deere Foundation, said.
The experience will broadcast live from the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville featuring a musical lineup of Dustin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Travis Denning and Tyler Farr. It will be live streamed on YouTube.
All proceeds from the event go directly to Farm Rescue to provide volunteers with meals and lodging, as well as putting fuel in vehicles and machinery.