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On July 4, food prices rise and a dairy worker in Colorado falls ill with bird flu
On July 4, food prices rise and a dairy worker in Colorado falls ill with bird flu

On July 4, food prices rise and a dairy worker in Colorado falls ill with bird flu

Robert Larson

This is your agribusiness update from the Ag Information Network.

**In case you hadn’t noticed, the groceries for your Fourth of July Independence Day celebration were stubbornly expensive at the grocery store.

According to the American Farm Bureau’s 2024 annual market basket survey, this year’s Independence Day barbecue cost $71.22 for 10 guests, up 5% from last year and nearly 30% from five years ago.

This is the highest number since the Farm Bureau began collecting data in 2013.

**Colorado public health officials announced that a dairy farm worker tested positive for bird flu last week.

According to Farm Policy News, the man reported mild symptoms of the infection, including conjunctivitis after contact with infected livestock.

He has now recovered after antiviral treatment.

The Colorado man was the fourth reported case of infection in humans.

The other three also worked on dairy farms and recovered successfully.

**Eight of the nation’s leading agricultural and life cycle scientists filed a brief challenging the faulty assumptions underlying most attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

According to Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, this news from America’s leading lifecycle experts sends a clear message: It’s time for environmentalists and biofuel skeptics to listen to the experts and move beyond outdated and disproven research.

Even the US Department of Energy acknowledged that ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the US by 44 to 52 percent.

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