This pricey Thanksgiving is costing farmers, too

On top of spiking labor costs, the prices of fertilizer and fuel have been climbing for months, with no ceiling in sight.
Inflation may be cooking up the most expensive Thanksgiving in history for American families.
The US Department of Agriculture says the average dinner cost is up 5%, while the American Farm Bureau Federation claims that the increase may be as high as 14%.
While USDA data shows some farmers have seen the price they receive for their crops -- like wheat -- increase in recent months, it's not consistent across the agriculture world.
The USDA says many farmers aren't currently making more money for their crops.
And almost all are dealing with rising costs.
The toll on farmers"Farmers are price takers, not price makers," said Patty Edelburg, vice president of the National Farmers Union.
Most turkey farmers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, signed sales contracts for this Thanksgiving in the spring but are now getting squeezed by the same input costs as other farmers.
Malone says farmers should prepare for several more months of higher costs on a huge range of inputs, including pesticides, seed, fertilizer, fuel and labor.
Even farmers now receiving a higher price for their crops, he said, are being stretched by the rising operating costs.
The supply chain price hikes, on top of already rising labor prices in recent years, are threatening Matt Alvernaz's California sweet potato farm.
Farmers are used to volatility, and both Alvernaz and Jones are now looking for ways to adapt, like downsizing or shifting to other crops.
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