ASHLAND, Ore. — Severe droughts this summer across the nation could mean higher meat prices are on the horizon. Owner of Smithfield’s in Ashland, Neil Clooney, said rising prices is just part of the restaurant business.
“Rising meat costs is something that I’ve experienced throughout my entire restaurant career, especially being an owner now,” Clooney explained. “Meat prices always go up. My chickens just went up. It’s just something that as a restaurant owner you just deal with.”
Farmers across the country reported charging higher rates for their animals because their corn-based feed is more expensive.