Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
he differences between the farm value and the retail cost of farm-food has long been a sore point with both consumers and producers. Whenever food prices rise noticeably consumers are inclined to believe that farmers are receiving the benefit. Farmers look at the prices in the towns and cities and then at the prices they are paid and wonder who gets the difference. Higher consumer incomes and prices paid to let farmers during recent war years have let the controversy die down somewhat, but know that prices are declining old queries are urgently renewed.
Dailey, Edward, "Farm to Retail Price Spreads" (1953). SDSU Extension Circulars. 576.