Easter holiday struck by rising egg prices, experts weigh in

DELMARVA – As many prepare for the Easter bunny’s return right around the corner, experts say there’s one factor that may make this years celebration a little more costly; the price of eggs.

“Around the spring holidays its normal for the price of eggs to be higher,” President of Delaware Farm Bureau’s Richard Wilkins said.

That price is up nearly 50% from this time last year according to the USDA, reaching almost $3 a dozen. Experts say there’s more than one reason for the spike in price. “You got G-O political turmoil that we’re all very familiar with, FED costs increases, production and packaging cost increases, transportation cost increases. It’s a harder time to be a farmer right now,” American Egg Board CEO/President Emily Metz said.

The American Egg Board says the biggest factor is the highly infectious avian influenza, detected in nearly half of U.S. states and has lead to the death of millions of birds. “For the farmers that have experience an avian influenza outbreak, its real acute and really painful for them right now,” Metz said.

Metz adds that the population of birds impact by the disease only make up about 5% of the total flock in the U.S.

Even with the price hike, we spoke with local Delmarva residents who say that won’t stop them from continuing Easter traditions. “We’ll dye some eggs for Easter just to stay traditional. Love Easter, even though my kids are grown, I still like to do that,” Local resident Danielle Rauenzahn said.  “I do see that it would be a problem for people with it being more costly. Money isn’t going up, but prices are.”

The Delaware Farm Bureau says there’s currently a 5% reduction in laying flock nationally.  As egg prices are set by current market value and based on supply and demand, we’re told their goal is continuing to keep that protein on your table. “But rest assured that Delaware farmers are continuing to work hard to be able to bring to the consumers table this highly nutritious protein in protein in the form of eggs,” Wilkins said.

Experts say despite the price increase, eggs are still one of the most affordable sources of protein and a still safe for consumption.

Those with the American Egg Board says they also expect farmers to have some relief in terms of the avian influenza as temperature continue to rise.

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