I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

We know Thanksgiving may look a little different this year due to the virus, but it appears the dinner will cost less. American Farm Bureau Federation researchers report the cost of this year’s feast for 10- people to be 46 dollars and 90 cents. That’s less than 5 dollars per person and a drop of slightly more than 2 dollars over last year. It’s also the lowest cost since 2010. The centerpiece, the turkey also costs less this year at $19.39 for a 16-pound bird. That’s down about a 1-20 from last year.

Foods showing modest increases include dinner rolls, cubed bread stuffing, and pumpkin pie mix. Turkey’s hot right now, but apparently chicken has been growing in popularity this year! The National Chicken Council., reporting retail chicken sales are up almost 20-percent from the same time last year. In fact, it reports 75-percent of Americans who eat chicken say they prepare it at home at least once a week. And 48-percent of everyone asked to say they increased the amount of chicken they’re preparing at home during the pandemic.

More grocery stores are preemptively starting to limit some purchases, so they can keep the shelves stocked amid increasing demand. At Kroger, there’s a limit on bath tissue, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, and hand soap. The same goes for “Food 4 Less” and “Ralphs” grocery chains. But unlikely the panic buying with the virus first hit many grocers say they’re ready.

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