Farm production expenses are expected to rise more than $30 billion in 2011

A chart showing the total production expenses for U.S. farms, years 1970 to a forecast for 2011.

After falling $12.0 billion (4.1 percent) in 2009 and rebounding a relatively modest $4.5 billion (1.6 percent) in 2010, total farm production expenses are set to rise $34.4 billion (12.0 percent) in 2011 to a nominal record $320.0 billion. The 2011 jump resembles the large increases in production expenses recorded in 2007 and 2008. This is the first time that expenses will have exceeded $300 billion. When adjusted for inflation, 2011 expenses also set a record, surpassing the previous peak reached in 1979. This chart was found in the Farm Income and Costs briefing room on the ERS website, updated November 29, 2011.

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