By MELISSA WALLACE The price of milk, beef and cheese has increased in some places because farmers are raising the price, according to an analysis by Food & Water Watch.
The group said the price increases were the result of a surge in feed prices in the U.S. that are the result, in part, of the government’s drought policy, which has seen many farms raise feed prices to help pay for drought-related relief.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says that feed prices have increased more than 50 percent since the end of last year, rising by about 80 percent in the last year.
Food & Wine, the advocacy group that analyzed the data, found that farmers were raising prices on their livestock in many areas of the country.
Farmers are now raising prices for beef, pork, and milk, Food & White wrote.
The prices are rising by as much as $2.50 per pound in California, New York, and North Carolina, Food&White said.
The price increases are also being driven by feed prices, Food_&Wine said.
A typical cow, however, will pay $1.40 per pound for feed in California and $1 per pound nationwide.
In many cases, farmers have been able to raise feed costs by a third to raise prices even higher, Food Wines said.
In some areas, feed prices are more than double the cost of feed.
In Texas, a farm owner raised his feed prices by more than 90 percent to pay for a new barn to house his cows, FoodWines said in a statement.
In addition to the rise in feed costs, some states are experiencing drought-induced price increases.
In North Carolina this month, the state reported a price increase of more than 150 percent for beef and pork.
Farmers in Texas and Louisiana also reported price increases, Foodwines said, while in California it was more than 500 percent.
The food prices rise comes amid a major drought in the United States.
According to the National Weather Service, the country is in the midst of a four-month drought, with temperatures expected to fall as low as 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.3 degrees Celsius).