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Survey shows food prices up in Wisconsin


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A recent survey shows food prices across the state have increased slightly through the first few months of 2013.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau survey checked on 16 food items; things like apples, flour, and ground beef. According to the survey, the total checkout price rose 57 cents from December 2012. The biggest increase came from bagged salad, which was up 29 cents.

"Some of that has to do with rising beef prices. Beef prices are up quite a bit from this time last year. A lot of that has to do with last year's drought and the lack of feed. A lot more animals went to slaughter last summer and fall than they are right now. So that's why the prices are going up on beef particularly," said Darin Von Ruden, Wisconsin Farmers Union President.

Prices did drop for some foods. According to the survey, the price for a 5 pound bag of russet potatoes dropped 50 cents since last December. The price samples come from 33 communities across Wisconsin.

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