USDA: Meat, Egg Prices Set To Increase

Retail prices of meat, eggs and poultry will continue to rise at a rate exceeding general inflation through at least 2010 as producers grapple with escalating animal feed costs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service noted in a recent report. Driven by a combination of government mandates and rising oil prices, ethanol production is expected to exceed 10 billion

WASHINGTON — Retail prices of meat, eggs and poultry will continue to rise at a rate exceeding general inflation through at least 2010 as producers grapple with escalating animal feed costs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service noted in a recent report.

Driven by a combination of government mandates and rising oil prices, ethanol production is expected to exceed 10 billion gallons by 2009, up from 5 billion gallons last year. Since most U.S. ethanol pr

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