The Farmer's Share Of The Retail Dollar

Did you know that farmers and ranchers receive only 14.8* 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.


Boneless Ham

1 Pound

Retail: $3.79
Farmer: $0.69



2 Pounds

Retail: $3.49
Farmer: $0.12



Russet, 5 Pounds

Retail: $4.59
Farmer: $0.46


Top Sirloin

1 Pound

Retail: $9.99
Farmer: $1.77

NFU Climate Leaders

We are a community of farmers, ranchers, educators, policy makers, journalists and concerned citizens that share common concern over the current and looming threats posed to agriculture and food security by climate change.
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NFU Beginning Farmer Forum

The NFU Beginning Farmer Forum is a community of farmers, ranchers, educators, policy makers, and the general public that share common knowledge and interest in helping beginning farmers and ranchers overcome the challenges to starting and sustaining a farming operation in the U.S.
This community hopes to spread awareness about these challenges, provide insight into how they can be addressed at local, state and national policy levels, and share current resources and tools that benefit.
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NFU Stands For...

A Strong Farm Safety Net

Farmers are currently facing a severely depressed farm economy and a drop of 50 percent in net farm income. They need a strong safety net to help weather this downturn.

FAIR Trade Policies

All future U.S. trade agreements should have a specific goal of reducing the U.S. trade deficit and balancing trade inflows and outflows, not just increasing total trade flows.

Ending Corporate Consolidation

Family farmers are getting squeezed at all sides of their operations, from inputs to machinery to fair access to markets. The consolidation of the few dominant companies left in the marketplace gives them extreme power over markets and depresses farm income.

Confronting Climate Change

Climate change has the potential to drastically alter modern agriculture. Family farmers can help mitigate the effects of climate change, but they must have the resources and education necessary to adapt to the irreversible changes to our climate in the near future.

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We stand for family agriculture

We are a grassroots, producer-driven organization that believes strong family agriculture is the basis for thriving rural communities.

We listen to you

The key to our success and credibility has been Farmers Union’s grassroots structure in which policy positions are initiated locally. Whether the issue is food safety, dairy, specialty crops, trade or any other item facing America’s family farmers – NFU listens to its members.

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NFU is a powerful and respected voice on critical issues on the national and state levels. Our state and national leaders and staff understand the critical issues facing rural America and family agriculture. We represent YOUR voice to elected officials.