|The average July 4 American cookout costs just $5.57/person.|
Be sure to thank a farmer and rancher for their role in producing
So, where does the other 85% of the cost for that 4th of July BBQ go? The remaining $4.70 of that meal is tied up in marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution, and retail expenses. It is clear the American farmer is incredibly efficient and productive.
It is also interesting to consider just how little the American consumer spends on food compared to consumers in other countries. In 2014, Americans spent just 6.5% of their household expenditures on food. In comparison, Japan was 13.5%, Mexico was over 23%, Egypt was 36%, and Nigeria was nearly 60%.
We have much to be thankful for this Independence Day, most notably our freedom. However, let’s also thank the American farmer and rancher for our safe and abundant food supply.
Please also note the following upcoming events:
This Friday, July 6, Roger Sammons is inviting producers to a ground-breaking ceremony at the Pardue Grain elevator (12 miles west of Cut Bank) at 11:30 a.m. for their pulse crop processing facility. Numerous dignitaries, etc. will be on hand, and lunch will be provided.
Wednesday, July 11 is the Glacier County Conservation District Crop Tour. Producers should meet at the Cut Bank Civic Center at 2 p.m. to board the bus and will then head out to view canola plots at Eneys, wheat varieties at Bradleys, and barley plots at Sutas. Following the tour will be a free BBQ by CHS at the City Park at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and pesticide points have been applied for. Please RSVP with Tabi at 873-4292.