With so much dreary news in agriculture, most all of it related to trade, pencil-plowing politicians and commodity prices, I struggle with reporting on so much negativity. It kind of wears me down at times.
It’s news and it’s my job to report on it, but I’m a glass half-full person. So, here’s some good news.
The cost for Thanksgiving dinner this year is down for the third straight year. Break out the bubbly – cheers!
A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation found the average cost of this year’s dinner for 10 is $48.90, a 22 percent decrease from last year’s average of $49.12 and the lowest since 2010.
The featured food on most Thanksgiving tables — the turkey — cost slightly less than last year, coming in at $21.71 for a 16-pound bird. That’s roughly $1.36 per pound, down 3 percent from last year. The survey results show that retail turkey prices are the lowest since 2014.
Foods showing the largest decreases this year in addition to turkey were a gallon of milk, $2.92; a 3-pound bag of sweet potatoes, $3.39; a 1-pound bag of green peas, $1.47; and a dozen rolls, $2.25.
Several items saw modest price increases this year including cranberries, pumpkin pie mix and stuffing. A 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries was $2.65; a 30-ounce can of pumpkin pie mix was $3.33; a 14-ounce package of cubed bread stuffing was $2.87; two nine-inch pie shells came in at $2.47 and a 1-pound veggie tray was $.75.
A group of miscellaneous items including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal — butter, evaporated milk, onions, eggs, sugar and flour — was also up slightly, to $3.01.