USDA: Food Prices Have Not Jumped During Pandemic

While a few, or perhaps even many, shelves at grocery stores across the country have been low during the coronavirus pandemic, ” but if we look at the prices we weren’t seeing big pricing,” USDA Economist, Gianna Short, says the most recent Consumer Price Index which covers March, shows  a 0.4% drop in the price […]

Trend Of Slight Grocery Price Increase Expected To Continue Into 2020

When it comes to the prices we pay for our groceries, Andy Herig with the Food Industry Association says this is a good time for consumers.  Last year retail food prices went up only 0.9% and USDA Economist, Gianna Short, said we can expect to see that trend continue.   “This year we can expect […]

Food Prices Increased In 2019, Similar Trend Expected This Year

When describing the food purchased at a grocery store, economists use the term “food at home”.  USDA Economist Gianna Short said, according to the final retail price figures, 2019 grocery store prices increased less than 1% year over year.  An increase many expected.   “We are forecasting a similar rate of inflation somewhere between 0.5-1.5% […]

Food Price Continue To Remain Flat

If you were shopping for groceries 40 years ago, you remember skyrocketing food prices.  In the first three months of 1979, food prices increased of 17.7%.  Compare that to 2016 and 2017 when the average grocery store total dropped.  In 2018 food prices increased, but by 0.5%; which is actually below the rate of inflation.   […]

Food Prices Expected To Hold As 2019 Draws To A Close

With just a few weeks remaining in 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it looks like grocery prices will be up 1% on the year.   “We’re expecting prices in increase between 0.5%-1.5% in 2020 as well,” said USDA economist Gianna Short.  She anticipates a pretty steady forecast for next year, saying prices for […]

USDA: Food Prices Show Modest Year Over Year Increases

It may be similar to watching grass grow, but food prices at the grocery store nationwide are climbing.  But it’s happening in very small increments.  For example, last week’s new consumer price index which covers October 2018 to October 2019.   “Food at home increased a third of a percent since last month,” said USDA […]

USDA: Food Prices Holding Steady

Some years, watching the food price trends from the USDA can be exciting (well exciting by economist standards).  But this year’s trends, according to Gary Crawford, is a boring steady as she goes kind of report.         If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or […]