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Thanksgiving Prices For Hoosiers Fall Below National Average

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Prices for the average Thanksgiving dinner have dropped significantly since last year.

According to an annual survey from the Indiana Farm Bureau, the average price for an entire Thanksgiving meal in Indiana is $46.81, 3 dollars less than the national average. Last year, the average price was the highest it’s been since 2012, surpassing $50.Untitled_infographic

Much of that is due to a significant drop in turkey prices. In 2015, a standard 16 pound turkey cost just over $25, the highest it had been since 2012. This year, that turkey will cost $22.56 -- a ten percent decrease from last year.

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist with the Indiana Farm Bureau Mindy Reef says last year's higher prices were tied to an avian flu outbreak.

“Last year, we were suffering from avian influenza across the US, and that did put a dent in the turkey crop," Reef says. "This year, flocks are back up to full steam, and so the drop in the price."

Reef adds that proximity to Midwest turkey producers may have helped Hoosiers find lower prices than the national average.

Many Thanksgiving standards this year: pumpkin pie filling, whole milk and various ingredients -- such as butter, eggs and flour -- all saw price drops of 35 cents or more. Sweet potatoes and stuffing also saw minor decreases.

Zach Bernard contributed to this report. 

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