Grocery Bills Rise as Demand for Farming Increases

by Mark Bullion on February 23, 2011 at 6:17 am

The next time you’re checking out at the grocery store, don’t be surprised if your bill is a little higher.

OSU Extension Educator Mark Mechling says farmers in Muskingum County that produce corn, soy beans, beef and dairy cattle along with other commodities are seeing higher prices for their goods.

"So as farmers receive a greater price for their commodities, that eventually will translate to some higher prices for the consumer in the grocery stores and restaurants," said Mechling.

Mechling says farmers are getting higher prices because of increased demand overseas in areas like China where the demand for meat in particular is up. He says that demand turns into US farmers having to up their prices for their goods including here in Muskingum County.

"One of the key words we’d want to use is volatility. There’s a lot of volatility to these commofities and world events can very much influence how these commodity prices go up and down," said Mechling.

Mechling adds farmers aren’t necessarily profiting much because of rising fuel prices as well as feed costs for cattle.