Farm Bureau: Grocery Prices on The Rise

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The bureau reports the total cost of the 16 items was $53.32 The bureau reports the total cost of the 16 items was $53.32
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The Indiana Farm Bureau says its fall market basket survey, which measures the total cost of 16 common food items, is more than two dollars higher than last year. The organization says increases in the price of eggs and cheese make up much of the difference.

The bureau reports the total cost of the 16 items was $53.32, which is 92 cents higher than last spring's survey and $2.14 higher than last year's fall survey. The organization says higher energy prices and damages from the H5 avian influenza virus, which affected 16 states, led to many of the increases.

According to the Indiana Farm Bureau, items showing price increases from last spring include:

Eggs, up 98 cents to $3.08 per dozen.
Shredded cheddar cheese, up 72 cents to $4.81 per pound.
Bagged salad, up 47 cents to $2.42 per 1-pound bag.
Boneless chicken breasts, up 32 cents to $3.37 per pound.
Sirloin tip roast, up 30 cents to $5.87 per pound.
Bacon, up 25 cents to $4.21 per pound.
Ground chuck, up 10 cents to $4.56 per pound.
Potatoes, up 9 cents to $2.75 for a 5-pound bag.
Oat cereal, up 7 cents to $2.95 for a 9-ounce box.

Items showing price decreases from last spring include:

Sliced deli ham, down 73 cents to $5.61 per pound.
Vegetable oil, down 66 cents to $2.34 for a 32-ounce bottle.
Apples, down 37 cents to $1.50 per pound.
Flour, down 28 cents to $2.18 for a 5-pound bag.
Orange juice, down 15 cents to $3.52 per half-gallon.
Whole milk, down 14 cents to $2.67 per gallon.
White bread, down 5 cents to $1.48 per 20-ounce loaf.

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