This Thanksgiving, thank a rancher

Posted on November 23, 2012


If the numbers are right, it looks like no one should have to take out a mortgage to fork out a big Thanksgiving spread for family and friends this year. According to an annual cost survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation, a plate of good Thanksgiving food shouldn’t put you out more than 5 dollars.

Every year, the American Farm Bureau Federation surveys the costs of each dish in the traditional Thanksgiving meal. This year’s price is about $4.95 =- just a 28-cent increase from last year (less than 1 percent).

The dishes included are turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream and coffee and milk. This menu has been consistent since the AFBF first started the survey in 1986.

“At just under $5 per person, the cost of this year’s meal remains a bargain,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas. “Our diverse farm and ranch families are honored to produce the food from our nation’s land for family Thanksgiving celebrations. During this holiday season, I am encouraging farmers and ranchers to reach out to consumers in-person or through social media, to answer questions about the food that they grow or the livestock and poultry they raise.”

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