|Ground Beef Prices - Bureau of Labor Statistics|
The problem with beef prices is that there is less being produced while the demand is still high.
The truth is that the tax policies and the cost of fighting climate change are killing the beef market. Feed corn has become more costly due to the increased production of ethanol for fuel. Energy prices -- especially under Obama -- have increased faster than inflation as producers of electricity move to abandon coal ahead of harsh restrictions. The real worry for U.S. beef producers is that high prices in this country may attract an onslaught of imported beef which, in turn, could only further decimate our own beef production.
Lastly, a crustacean alert! Lobster, at just $2.89/lb (in 2013), may quickly replace that Saturday afternoon BBQ'd hamburger.
BLS: Ground Beef Prices: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet
US Beef - Bloomberg: Another Year of the Chicken: U.S. Beef Supply Will Fall Again in 2015: http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-11-18/us-beef-supply-will-fall-again-in-2015-chicken-demand-will-rise
Ethanol pumping up food prices - USATODAY.com: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2011-02-09-corn-low_N.htm
Food and Electricity Prices Rise to RECORD HIGH AGAIN!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKOHJTijgsY
Cost per pound of lobster: https://www.google.com/search?q=cost+per+pound+of+lobster&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8