To make a sketch, I can start with a basic idea like drawing animals on a piece of paper, but I cannot draw them. They will always be there somewhere or appear as if nothing happened.
It is the same with an illustration, it can be sketched or drawn. But that is all it is (drawing or sketching).
In July, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report said the cost of U.S. fruits and vegetables was up to 5.2 percent higher.
With the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report out last month, the national average farm produce price is up 5.32 percent to $7.79 per pound, the highest since 2008.
In July, the average cost of U.S. fruits and vegetables was up to 5.2 percent higher, meaning the cost of fruits and vegetables had risen for all but the largest producers.
Farmers, distributors, distributors and buyers can all make money off the price differential. And some are doing just that. And more on that on The Local Food Show Tuesday.
For producers on a fixed income, the price differential, according to the report, means farmers can spend more in retail or have more capital for other business endeavors, like buying more grain or grain products.
“Consumers are eating less meat, more vegetable, and more grain,” said Steve Coughlin, president and CEO of the Agricultural Produce Association of New Jersey, part of the National Crop Trust.
For growers on an income, he said, the cost differential can mean an extra dollar per pound of produce or be a saving to produce at different times.
“For some of our farms that may mean a little more corn or a little less soybeans, a little less corn, or just a little extra production of produce,” he said.
As for distributors who sell the produce directly to consumers, they don’t even pay the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “fair market value” that is a figure tied to prices over 40 percent below market price.
So while the cost of these produce items like tomatoes, sweet peppers and corn has been rising for farm produce, the amount paid by the farmer isn’t getting increased, despite being over 40 percent below the market price.
The Farm Bureau reports that the average cost of farm products has risen 0.13 percent to $7.59/ea. That’s a 12 percent increase but only 1 percent