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Farmers’ Share Of Food Spending Drops


The share of food spending that goes to America’s farmers fell for the sixth straight year in 2017, according to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS).

Farmers earned 14.6 cents in commodity sales on every dollar Americans spent for food in 2017 – about a fifth of a cent less than farmers received in 2016.

Farmers’ share of America’s food dollars has been eroding since 2011, when farmers received 17.6 cents for every dollar spent on food in the United States.

The Economic Research Service calculates the farmers’ share of food spending using “input-output analysis to calculate the farm and marketing shares from a typical food dollar.”

The figure for spending includes purchases at grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and other eating places. The share of American food spending that goes to the foodservice industry has increased for six consecutive years.

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