The Farmer's Share Of The Retail Dollar

Did you know that farmers and ranchers receive only 15.8* cents of every food dollar that consumers spend on food at home and away from home? According to USDA, off farm costs including marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing account for more than 80 cents of every food dollar spent in the United States. (Click here for a PDF version.)

two-liter

Soda

Two Liter Bottle

Retail: $1.49

Farmer: $.06

potatoes

Fresh Potatoes

Russet, 5 Pounds

Retail: $4.39

Farmer: $.45

potato-chips

Potato Chips

Lays Classic, 10.5 Ounce

Retail: $3.99

Farmer: $.22

milk

Milk

1 Gallon, Fat Free

Retail: $3.89

Farmer: $1.43

lettuce

Lettuce

1 Head/2 Pounds

Retail: $1.99

Farmer: $.30

ham

Boneless Ham

Price per Pound

Retail: $3.49

Farmer: $.69

flour

Flour

5 Pounds

Retail: $2.22

Farmer: $.70

eggs

Eggs

1 Dozen

Retail: $2.59

Farmer: $1.49

tomatoes

Tomatoes

1 Pound

Retail: $3.59

Farmer: $.49

bread

Bread

2 Pounds

Retail: $2.19

Farmer: $.14

cereal

Cereal

18 Ounce Box

Retail: $3.29

Farmer: $0.05

beer

Beer

6pk of cans

Retail: $6.49

Farmer: $0.05

carrots

Fresh Carrots

Five Pounds

Retail: $2.50

Farmer: $1.65

sirloin

Top Sirloin Steak

One Pound

Retail: $8.79

Farmer: $2.56

bacon

Bacon

One Pound

Retail: $4.33

Farmer: $.69

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