Meat Prices Rise Ahead of Weekend Cook-Outs

PANAMA CITY - Nationally, ground beef is up just over $3.50, and it doesn't stop there. According to Sterling Marketing, drought and wildfires have driven all beef products up 23% in the last 2 years.

A virus in the pork population has driven pork up by 56%, making bacon one of the most expensive meats at the deli counter.

Fortunately, retailers have absorbed a good portion of these increases in an attempt not to scare off consumers.

"The beef heard in the US is at its lowest numbers and demand has increased. Especially in Asia. More people are eating meat, and beef particular so the international market is just rise in demand," says Erin Gillespie of the Florida Ag. department.

Officials expect prices to increase through the summer as California farmers continue to battle drought.