Ag Report: the cost of Thanksgiving

Has the cost of your bird gone up this year?


Published 11/25 2015 07:15AM

Updated 11/25 2015 07:16AM

The cost of this year's Thanksgiving meal should see only a slight increase over last year.  That's according to a recent study conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
For the past 30 years, the Farm Bureau conducts a nationwide survey to determine the cost of the traditional holiday meal for ten people. 
Dave Miller, Director of Research for the Iowa Farm Bureau, says although the price of turkey has risen, due primarily to the avian bird flu, milk prices have fallen which has kept the overall cost of the Thanksgiving meal fairly consistent to last year.
"It really has been quite stable for the last five years, just right around $49, and it has fluctuated plus or minus about twenty-five cents, right around the 49 and a half dollar cost, for the last four to five years," says Miller.
This year's holiday feast is on average about 70 cents higher than last year. 
Miller says despite the small increase, it is still quite affordable to feed ten people the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
"When you think about a Thanksgiving dinner for five dollars a person, that includes the turkey, dessert, and vegetables, and the main courses and those types of things, it really shows how affordable and how good of a value food remains in the United States," says Miller. "We always point out that this does not include specials,so given the local specials that would go on at their grocery stores and food suppliers are likely to purchase a meal for ten people at something less than what the survey results are".
A new survey shows that turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of celery and carrots, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk in quantities sufficient to feed ten people.

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