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Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri, Harvest covers agriculture-related topics through a network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.

Expect Cheaper Meat For The Holidays

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Large supplies of beef and pork are pushing down meat prices.

Americans may find more meat on their holiday tables this year. As Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports, large supplies of pork and beef are pushing down prices.

Typically, it takes a while for changes in commodity or wholesale prices to reach us at the grocery store. But the expansion of the nation’s beef herd and increased pork production are now making both meats more affordable than they have been in recent years.

Iowa State University livestock economist Lee Schulz says increases in competition between beef, pork and poultry could have more families choosing prime rib over ham or turkey.

"Now with lower beef prices you are starting to see some more advertising in the form of rib roast that I think retailers do believe they can compete with some of those more traditional dishes," he says.

Schulz says looking ahead to next year, large supplies are likely to continue. That's good for people buying meat, but less so for livestock producers.

Amy Mayer is a reporter based in Ames. She covers agriculture and is part of the Harvest Public Media collaboration. Amy worked as an independent producer for many years and also previously had stints as weekend news host and reporter at WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts and as a reporter and host/producer of a weekly call-in health show at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Amy’s work has earned awards from SPJ, the Alaska Press Club and the Massachusetts/Rhode Island AP. Her stories have aired on NPR news programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition and on Only A Game, Marketplace and Living on Earth. She produced the 2011 documentary Peace Corps Voices, which aired in over 160 communities across the country and has written for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Real Simple and other print outlets. Amy served on the board of directors of the Association of Independents in Radio from 2008-2015.