The high cost of meat could take the sizzle out of Nebraskans 4th of July cookouts this year. Annemarie Kuhns is an economist with the U-S Department of Agriculture and says if it goes on the grill it is going to cost more than one year ago. She says beef and veal is 10.7% higher than one year ago. Pork is 12.2% higher and chicken – poultry is up 2.6% .
Kuhns breaks that down and says sirloin steak is up 80-cents a pound, hamburger up 55-cents and bone in pork chops are up 68-cents a pound.
Those on a budget may want to consider a whole chicken – up only 9-cents a pound from one year ago.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation the cost of a 4th of July picnic that includes hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk will cost $5.87 a person this year. That is a 5% increase from one year ago.