The Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 27th annual Thanksgiving dinner survey shows that families will only pay one cent more on average for their traditional Turkey Day meal.

According to the survey, it will cost $45.12 for a family of 10, or $4.50 per person. Last year’s average was $45.11.

The statewide average is based on responses from members of the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and other volunteers who surveyed food prices at nine grocery stores and supermarkets across the state. They were asked to report the “best in-store price” of 12 items included in the meal. They are allowed to take advantage of advertised specials, excluding discount coupons and purchase requirements.

American Farm Bureau’s national survey revealed an average cost of $49.48 to prepare the meal.

“The fact the cost of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is essentially the same as last year is a testament to the efficiencies of our food production system,” said Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach.

“American farmers and ranchers endured severe drought and high fuel costs again this year, yet because of their reliance on the latest research and technology food prices for consumers have only seen modest increases. Because we have such a bountiful food supply, American families will be able to enjoy this meal. That is truly reason to give thanks,” Veach added.

The survey period was Oct. 26 – Nov. 5. The shopping list has remained unchanged since 1986 to allow consistent price comparisons.

Items on the list include turkey, milk, sweet potatoes, rolls, cranberries, coffee, pumpkin pie mix, whipped cream, stuffing, green peas, celery and carrots.

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