Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 11/19/2017
“Who wants whipped cream on their pumpkin pie?” Mom splurging after saving money on Thanksgiving dinner.
Looks like we’re saving money this holiday season. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has projected that the cost per person at Thanksgiving dinner will be down around 1.5% from last year. This information is pulled from a consumer survey that the AFBF has been conducting since 1986. There are a lot of factors that impact the cost of Thanksgiving, like food, travel, lodging, etc. However, the big driver in prices going down is a lower turkey cost. For the first time since 2013, the wholesale price of turkey is below $1/pound. Sounds like we’ll have some extra money that we can put towards that Christmas credit card bill…
“Wanna talk politics over a chocolate milk?” Secretary Perdue at Kings Brother Dairy
The US Secretary of Ag, Sonny Perdue, has been making his way across the country, visiting with farmers and discussing what national and local challenges these businesses are facing. He recently visited King Brothers Dairy Farm in New York. Here, Secretary Perdue (along with Congress members Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, and Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford) talked on a number of issues with farmers, including taxes, trade, minimum wage, hemp and the future of farming. Perdue has been very hands on with agricultural issues since President Trump appointed him in April, 2017.
“I guess I’ll have to leave my house now..” Homebodies realizing food is cheaper in store than online
Apparently, some products cost more online than in an actual Walmart store. This Wall Street Journal article discusses how Walmart is “quietly” raising prices of certain products online (like Kraft Mac and Cheese) in an effort to “boost profits and drive store traffic as it competes with Amazon.com Inc.” So now the question is – how much higher does the price need to go before it’s worth putting pants on to buy the mac and cheese in-store instead of online, from the comfort of my couch?
What are you thankful for?
This week, take the time to thank everyone around you. Including farmers. Everything good circles back to agriculture – food, shelter, your favorite holiday sweater… you name it. Farmers are working 24/7, 365 days a year for the things we all take for granted. I’d say that deserves a big old shout out this week (and every other week, too!)