Thanksgiving feast will cost more

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The American Farm Bureau Federation says Thanksgiving dinner will cost about 13 percent more this year than last.

The annual informal survey shows turkey represents the biggest increase, up about $.25 per pound over last years prices.

The Farm Bureau says the price increase is a result of increasing demand for turkeys both domestically and globally.

The price hike might mean a bigger bill at the grocery store, but it’s good news for Minnesota turkey farmers. Minnesota is the top turkey producer in the country with an estimated 49 million turkeys raised on Minnesota farms.

The National Turkey Federation says about 45 million turkeys will be cooked this Thanksgiving.

The Farm Bureau survey says a Thanksgiving day dinner for ten will run you $49.20, or $5.73 more than last year.

That meal includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk.

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