4th of July Food Prices Higher and Colorado Dairy Worker Gets Bird Flu

4th of July Food Prices Higher and Colorado Dairy Worker Gets Bird Flu

Bob Larson

From the Ag Information Network, this is your Agribusiness Update.

**In case you didn’t notice, the food for your Fourth of July celebration came with stubbornly high prices at the grocery store.

According to the 2024 American Farm Bureau annual market basket survey, the Independence Day cookout cost $71.22 for 10 guests this year, up 5% from last year and almost 30% from just five years ago.

It’s the highest since Farm Bureau began the survey in 2013.

**Public health officials in Colorado announced that a dairy farm employee tested positive for avian flu last week.

Farm Policy News says the man reported mild symptoms from the infection, including pink eye after being exposed to infected cattle.

He’s since recovered after antiviral treatment.

The Colorado man became the fourth reported case of human infection.

The other three also worked on dairy farms and successfully recovered.

**Eight of the nation’s top agricultural and greenhouse gas lifecycle scientists filed a brief challenging the faulty assumptions used in most attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says this news from America’s top lifecycle experts sends a clear signal that its time environmental advocates and biofuel skeptics listen to the experts and let go of outdated and debunked research.

Even the U.S. Department of Energy acknowledged U.S. ethanol slashes greenhouse gas emissions 44 to 52%.

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