USDA: Thanksgiving dinner will cost Iowans less this year

Des Moines, Iowa – For the second consecutive year, the Thanksgiving feast will cost Iowans less than the year before. A report finds the average price to feed a family of four a turkey dinner with all the fixings will run a little over 23-dollars, which is down a dollar-87 from last year. U-S-D-A livestock analyst Shayle Shagum says the biggest drop is in the price of the main course. Shagum says turkey producers recovered well from the bird flu outbreak a few years ago, however…

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While turkey prices have dropped, the prices for several other traditional items on our tables have gone up. U-S-D-A food price analyst Annemarie Kuhns says one popular dish that went up in price is sweet potatoes.

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Prices are up on green beans and cranberries from a year ago and dairy products are also more expensive, Kuhns says, including milk.

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The report says the final price for this year’s Thanksgiving meal for four is $23.34.

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