According to an American Farm Bureau Federation survey, the average cost of the July 4 cookout is 17 percent higher than last year. Chief Economist Roger Cryan says a summer cookout meal for 10 people will cost $69.68, about $7 per person. “That’s the biggest increase we’ve had since we began the survey 10 years ago.” Meat prices are higher. In the last year, the price for two pounds of ground beef increased 36 percent. The price for two pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast increased 33 percent and the price for three pounds of center cut pork chops increased 31 percent. Cryans says these higher meat prices are due, in part, to inflation.
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