Meat it's what's for dinner in 2018.
They'll be plenty of it at grocery stores this year, at least, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The data in the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook shows 222.2 pounds of red meat and poultry will be available in 2018. That's a lot, the highest ever documented in records dating back to at least 1970. But before you envision modern menus stocked with steak and bacon, know this number might not tell the whole story.
It does not mean that each and every American is going to eat 222.2 pounds of meat this year, said Mildred Haley, an agricultural economist at the USDA. In fact, the number really tells us more about how much the U.S. meat and poultry sector will produce this year.
The rise is likely fueled in part by lower prices and more disposable income.
"Lower animal protein prices and more income this year point to consumer willingness to buy more meat and poultry products in 2018," Haley said.