BBQ costs rise
If you’re in charge of the Fourth of July celebration this weekend, it’ll cost a bit more to feed your guests.
Using volunteer shoppers in dozens of states, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) found the average cost of a summer picnic for 10 is $58.72, a 5 percent jump from last year.
The shopping list included burgers, hot dogs, cheese slices, lemonade and everything in between.
Despite the spike from 2013, AFBF deputy chief economist John Anderson said the total tab is “very affordable” for most hosts.
“It’s a little under $6 per person,” he said, noting that meat products are driving most of the expenses.
The nation’s cattle herd is now at a historically low level due to several years of drought for the industry. Farmers are raising less hogs as well.