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The food dollar series provides an overview of the food system, with estimates of the farm share and of the distribution of food-dollar value-added shares over time:

  • For every dollar spent in 2015 in the U.S. on domestically produced food (food dollar), U.S. farmers sold 15.6 cents of farm products to non-farm establishments (farm share), down from 17.2 cents in 2014. The farm share is at its lowest level since 2006.
  • Farm production costs per food dollar fell to 8.6 cents in 2015 and are also at their lowest level since 2006.
  • Foodservice costs per food dollar rose in 2015 to 34.4 cents, increasing for the 7th consecutive year since 2008; foodservice costs were 29.0 cents in 2008.
  • U.S. worker salary and benefits accounted for 50.1 cents of each food dollar in 2015, following seven consecutive years in which salary and benefits had been under 50 cents.

Food Dollar Series

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Last updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017

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