Local farmers discuss the struggle at the Raleigh Farm Aid Festival

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) β€” The Farm Aid Concert is back this weekend and it’s an all-day celebration of music and family farmers here in Raleigh.

The purpose of the concert is to keep family farmers on the land and to bring attention to some of the issues farmers face.

Farmers are just like Samantha Gasson.

She and her husband own Bull City Farms in Rougemont, near Durham.

“We cannot expand. We cannot get another property. It’s kind of like — there’s a few people that are doing more commodity agriculture and they’re leasing all the land because we don’t have a lot of land in Durham County,” Gasson said.

Farmers have had a tough year due to the pandemic.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says agriculture is the number one industry in the state with more than 52,000 farms.

North Carolina is a leading producer of sweet potatoes, hogs and tobacco, but Gasson says inflation has a big impact.

“Our feed prices are much higher. We have animals that we have to feed, not grass fed. These are pigs, and turkeys, and chickens, and geese,” said Gasan.

Noah Rennells owns Fickle Creek Farm in Orange County.

Runnells says he sees the consequences, too.

“Whenever there’s a problem with the drought in the west or the fuel price issues that come to us with fuel charges for supplies and general volatility,” Runnells said.

All of this has a trickle-down effect for customers.

β€œIt affects you. This year, I’m going to have to raise another dollar for my eggs,” Gasson said.

The concert will take place on Saturday at noon.

Local farmers discuss the struggle at the Raleigh Farm Aid Festival

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