Farm Progress America, November 21, 2023

Mike Pearson takes a look at the cost of this year's Thanksgiving dinner.

November 21, 2023

Mike Pearson examines the latest survey out by the American Farm Bureau that shows the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is down this year.

According to the annual survey, thsi year's dinner for 10 people will cost $61.17 or about $6.12 per guest.

That's a four and half percent decline from 2022 due to the price of turkey declining.

However, the total cost remains about 25 percent higher than 2019 before Coronavirus hit.

The survey was conducted Nov. 1-Nov. 6 across all states with volunteer shoppers.

The survey included turkey, cubed stuffing, frozen peas, pie shells, pumpkin pie filling, milk, celery carrots and whip cream.

Now, if you add boneless hams, russet potatoes and frozen green beans the dinner cost is closer to $85.

The cost of a 16-pound frozen bird will cost $27.35 in 2023 down 6 percent from last year.

Cranberries are $2.10 down 18 percent year over year.

And the biggest cost difference was whip cream which was down 23 percent year over year.

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Mike Pearson, farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

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