Fourth of July barbecues will cost more this year

With supplies ample, pork prices were up only

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With supplies ample, pork prices were up only modestly in May from a year ago in the Northeast, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said, although it depended on the cut, according to the bureau. (Credit: iStock)

Where's the beef? It's at the market, ready for your July Fourth barbecue, and so is the chicken. And both are almost sure to cost you more than last year.

Blame it partly on the drought last summer in the Southern Plains, which left chicken and beef in tight supply this year. Another factor: growth in demand for poultry both here and abroad. Blame it also, experts say, on fuel and grain...

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