Grilling for July 4th More Affordable This Year

Grilling For July 4th More Affordable This Year

A cookout of Americans’ favorite foods for the Fourth of July, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk, will cost slightly less this year, coming in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.


Farm Bureau’s informal survey reveals the average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $55.07, or $5.51 per person. The cost for the cookout is down slightly (less than 1 percent) from last year.

 

“This is a very tough time for farmers and ranchers due to low prices across the board. It is appropriate that this very painful situation hitting farmers be reflected at the retail level as well,” said AFBF Director of Market Intelligence Dr. John Newton. “We are seeing record meat and dairy production in 2018 so that has also influenced retail prices and so, for consumers, this year’s Fourth of July cookout costs will be slightly less than last year’s.”

 

AFBF’s summer cookout menu for 10 people consists of hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, lemonade, chocolate milk, ketchup, mustard and watermelon for dessert.

“Milk production in 2018 is projected at a record 218 billion pounds, contributing to lower retail milk prices,” Newton said. While fluid milk prices have declined, tighter stocks of American cheese contributed to slightly higher cheese prices, he added.

Competition in the meat case continues to benefit consumers through lower retail prices, making grilling for July Fourth even more affordable for consumers this year, according to Newton.

A total of 96 Farm Bureau members in 28 states served as “volunteer shoppers,” checking retail prices for summer cookout foods at their local grocery stores for this informal survey.

The summer cookout survey is part of the Farm Bureau marketbasket series, which also includes the popular annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey and two additional surveys of common food staples Americans use to prepare meals at home.

The year-to-year direction of the marketbasket survey tracks closely with the federal government’s Consumer Price Index report for food at home as both the index and the marketbasket remained relatively flat compared to year-ago levels.

As retail grocery prices have increased gradually over time, the share of the average food dollar that America’s farm and ranch families receive has dropped.

“Through the mid-1970s, farmers received about one-third of consumer food expenditures for food eaten at home and away from home. Today, farmers receive approximately 14.8 cents of every food marketing dollar, according to the Agriculture Department’s revised Food Dollar Series. However, after accounting for the costs of production, U.S. farmers net 7.8 cents per food dollar.” Newton said.

Using the “food at home and away from home” percentage across-the-board, the farmer’s share of this
$55.07 marketbasket would be $8.15.

AFBF is the nation’s largest general farm organization with member families in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Learn more at http://facebook.com/AmericanFarmBureau or follow @FarmBureau on Twitter.

July 4th Cookout for 10 Down Slightly

 

Items

   Amount

2017 Price

2018 Price

% change

1

Ground Round

   2 pounds

$       8.69

$      8.40

-3.0%

2

Pork Spare Ribs

   4 pounds

$     12.76

$   11.96

-6.0%

3

Hot Dogs

   1 pound

$       2.19

$      2.26

+3.0%

4

Deli Potato Salad

   3 pounds

$       8.93

$     9.34

+5.0%

5

Baked Beans

  28 ounces

$       1.88

$      1.91

+2.0%

6

Corn Chips

  15 ounces

$       3.26

$      3.27

+0.3%

7

Lemonade

0.5 gallon

$       2.12

$      2.24

+6.0%

8

Chocolate Milk

0.5 gallon

$       2.45

$      2.38

-3.0%

9

Watermelon

   4 pounds

$       4.67

$      4.55

-3.0%

10

Hot Dog Buns

  1 package

$       1.63

$      1.54

-5.0%

11

Hamburger Buns

  1 package

$       1.61

$      1.53

-5.0%

12

Ketchup

20 ounces

$       1.53

$      1.56

+2.0%

13

Mustard

16 ounces

$       1.16

$      1.25

+7.0%

14

American Cheese

   1 pound

$       2.83

$      2.88

+2.0%

     

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$    55.70

$   55.07

-1.0%

 

Per Person

       10

$      5.57

$     5.51

-1.0%

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ballot Question 3

What does question 3 cover?

Question 3 is an amendment to the Nevada Constitution that will require the Nevada Legislature to enact laws which give consumers, “a meaningful choice” of electricity providers by June 30,2023. In essence, Question 3 is intended to provide an open market for buying electricity.

 

Question 3 promises lower rates, but may not, deepening on market forces……

 The language of Question 3 promises lower rates, but without a regulation system neither the backers of Question 3 nor the Nevada Legislature can control deregulated markets. Prices for electricity are just as likely to go up as they are to go down and states which operate with open markets have mostly higher rates then Nevada’s current prices.

 

Several other states have open-access electric markets, why shouldn’t Nevada?

While it’s true that a few other states have instituted an open retail electricity market, none have done so in the last 20 years and none have ever used a Constitutional amendment to do so.

Amending the Constitution is also a lengthy process. If for any reason Nevadans want to make changes, it will be a minimum of six years before another constitutional amendment can be enacted. Going back to where we are now will not be an option if the change results in failures.

 

 

Nevada Farm Bureau Policy 267 Electrical Power

 

Due to lessons learned from ENRON’s market manipulation, we understand there are significant advantages to sensible oversight and assurance for market integrity. We support a regulatory system with a focus on priority attention for reliability and service.

 

If the Energy Choice ballot question is passed, we oppose the spreading of costs associated with the change-over to all energy users. Consequences of started costs for generation or other areas linked to this change should be borne by shareholders and customers of the affected energy company.

 

We support the acceptance of the exemption of power companies that fall under “association of persons.”  

 

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State Entomologist: Report Mormon cricket infestations

NDA monitors populations for protection of public safety and agriculture

 

 The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is reminding northern Nevadans to report Mormon cricket infestations.

 

“Mormon cricket populations have been steadily increasing over the last few years, and our partnership with the USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine program allows us to monitor for infestations that pose a threat to public safety or agriculture,” Jeff Knight, state entomologist for the NDA, said.

 

Although they are not known to carry disease, in large numbers, Mormon crickets pose a safety threat because they can create unsafe road conditions. When populations reach outbreak levels, Mormon crickets can also devastate crops.

 

To report Mormon crickets anywhere in the state, please provide as much detail about the infestation as possible using the Mormon cricket and grasshopper reporting form available at agri.nv.gov/entomology, or call the NDA Entomology Laboratory at (775) 353-3767.

 

The laboratory will dispatch staff to evaluate the site, map the infestation and determine if the area is treatable. NDA staff can only treat infestations on public lands that are adjacent to roads, towns, cities or crops, and it is against federal law for private individuals to treat public land.

 

Learn more about the NDA Entomology Laboratory and its survey programs at agri.nv.gov/entomology.

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Nevada Farmers Bureau Announces Opposition to Question 3

Group representing more than 14,000 Nevada families is latest to join the Coalition to Defeat Question 3

Today, the Nevada Farmers Bureau - representing more than 14,000 Nevada families including 1,300 farmers and ranchers across the state - announced its opposition to Question 3, a risky and costly Constitutional Amendment on this November’s statewide ballot that would dismantle and deregulate Nevada’s existing electricity system and leave consumers and small businesses with higher electric rates and a less reliable electricity system.

“Nevada farmers and ranchers depend on affordable, reliable electricity, and we are deeply concerned that Question 3 could possibly put our families, businesses and communities at risk,” stated Bevan Lister, President of the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation. “Question 3 has the potential of hurting rural electric cooperatives that many of our farmers and ranchers rely on for daily operations, whether it’s to run irrigation systems that keep crops growing or to help farmers maintain healthy livestock. Question 3 would also likely raise electricity rates on all farmers, ranchers, and families in rural Nevada, something our communities cannot afford. In order to build and preserve our local agricultural communities, we urge our fellow Nevadans to vote NO on Question 3.”

“We’re proud to have the Nevada Farm Bureau join our broad coalition of small businesses, public safety and consumer groups, and community leaders from all corners of Nevada who oppose Question 3,” said Tracy Skenandore of the Coalition to Defeat Question 3. “Question 3 would undermine the existing, reliable electricity system that our local agricultural industry and rural communities rely on while at the same time raising those Nevadans’ electricity rates. That’s why we are deeply committed to making sure all Nevadans get the facts on Question 3.”

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NDA increases efficiency thanks to online livestock assessment

Letters were mailed to all livestock owners in June

For the second year in a row, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is only accepting online livestock assessment renewal. Going digital with programs like livestock assessments (also known as head tax) and brand inspections increases our department’s efficiency, making the process easier and quicker for you, while also keeping costs down.

Online renewal is easy

1. Open your web browser and visit https://nv.certifyag.com/headtax/.

2. Log in using your livestock assessment number (LA#) and livestock pass code to retrieve your record (provided in the renewal letter mailed to you in June).

3. Update your contact information (most fields are required, and the form will not work if required fields are left blank) and click “save and continue.”

4. Enter your number of livestock (if no animals were present in Nevada for an animal type, please enter zero in the field) and the number of months spent in Nevada.

5. Pay online with an e-check (an electronic version of a paper check, which can be used by anyone with a checking account) or credit card number.

6. Print your receipt for your records.

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Douglas/ Carson City Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom

Moolisa- The Nevada Department of Agriculture Dairy Cow

Ag in the Classroom is an opportunity for students to interact with livestock and other agriculture aspects they might not get to experience if it wasn’t for this event. The Douglas/ Carson City Farm Bureau held two Ag in the Classroom events.

The first event took place at Scarselli Elementary School in Gardnerville on May 18th. 430 students rotated through 12 stations. Stations included: beef by-product, goats, worms, Eagles and Ag, Moolisa the Nevada Department of Agriculture dairy cow, horses, Les Schwab popcorn, NRCS and Douglas High School Ag students to name a few.

“A big shout out to the Western Nevada Cattlewomen’s for their continued support,” said Woody Worthington. “They generously continue to provide lunch for the volunteers at our Ag in the Classroom events, while also helping educate the youth on important agriculture issues.”

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YF&R Discussion Meet Training

We are holding the first annual discussion meet training and practice. This is an opportunity to learn more about the state’s discussion meet. There will be industry guest speakers and professionals. Several questions will be covered in preparation for our annual meeting.

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Statement on Healthcare

Healthcare is a critical issue for Nevada’s farmers and ranchers, as it is for all Americans. There are many good proposals for improving on the system we have today, but there is one idea we must soundly reject—single-payer healthcare.

Bubbling up on the left is the belief that Big Government can solve all our healthcare problems, if only we let them run everything. The evidence says otherwise. The government operates the Veterans Administration, and that massive healthcare bureaucracy has suffered endless scandals, while veterans wait months for appointments and even die from delayed care and dangerous facilities. Our heroes shouldn’t be treated this way, and we shouldn’t put the rest of America in line to join them.

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NDA to host Native Seed Forum in Ely on May 22

After positive response from the industry, the Nevada Department of Agriculture will host its second annual Native Seed Forum on Tuesday, May 22 with the goal of bringing producers, technical experts and land management agencies together to discuss national and statewide seed strategies.

The NDA reopened its seed lab and re-launched the native seed certification program last year to safeguard the species purity of Nevada native seeds. Native seed refers to seeds of plant species native to Nevada landscapes, cultivated in this climate. These seeds can adapt to Nevada’s unique landscapes, increasing the plants’ chances of survival.

“We were glad to have a positive response to last year’s forum, and this year we’re expanding on previous content,” Russell Wilhelm, NDA’s seed program manager, said. “This year’s forum will bring stakeholders together to address topics like entering the commercial market and overcoming economic hurdles.”

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New Sign-Up Period for Conservation Funding – Apply by June 8 $178k Available for AMA Program

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces an additional FY 2018 application sign-up period for agricultural producers to apply for Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program funding to implement conservation practices on their private land and public land allotments. The deadline to apply for funding is June 8.

AMA program funds can help producers use conservation to manage risk and address natural resources conservation, such as constructing or improving water management or irrigation structures; planting trees for windbreaks; or constructing high tunnels. AMA funding can also be used to improve water quality and mitigate risk by diversifying operations and conservation practices, including erosion control, integrated pest management or transition to organic farming.

High tunnels funded through the AMA program helped enhance Rodney Mehring’s Blue Lizard Farm in Caliente, Nev., where temperatures vary widely throughout the year, making farming challenging.

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