Updated: 04/17/2014 5:38 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 6:37 AM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath
Feel like a steak tonight? If you're considering a meaty diet, you may need to beef up your bank account.
If the meat aisle at the grocery story seems empty in the coming weeks, it may have something to do with price tags. The Department of Agriculture reports beef prices were up 5.4-percent over last February. Experts say we're facing the highest meat prices in almost three decades right before the start of grilling season.
One reason for higher pork prices is a virus that's hurting the pigs raised for meat. We talked to experts who say there is no danger to humans but this illness is making it hard to raise enough animals.
What does that mean for your bottom line? An anticipated shortage means prices for pork and pork products are heading up and demand for beef and poultry is up as well.