LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you're getting ready to fire up the grill for a Fourth of July cookout, you may notice a bigger bite out of your wallet this year.
The American Farm Bureau Federation found that the overall cost of a party for ten is up about five percent over last year. The rising cost of meat is boosting that cost.
The group said that a historically low cattle herd nationwide is pushing things like hamburgers higher, and a drop in the number of hog farmers is pushing up the price of pork.
In addition to 13 percent increases for both the cost of ground hamburger meat and spare ribs, dairy products also climbed.