UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- Between the drought and high gas prices farmers are hurting. Which means higher prices again at the grocery store.
Amanda Hill of the Texas Farm Bureau said over the past three months, Texas has seen a very slow but steady increase in grocery prices.
"Texas Farm Bureau conducted its second grocery price watch survey for 2011, and in that survey we found that grocery prices went up about 1% in the past quarter," said Hill.
Considering the state of our local economy, Hill said the price increase is not surprising.
"There are a lot of things going on right now that are effecting farmers and ranchers, so your food from the field, all the way through to the grocery store are impacted by lots of things including the drought and fuel prices. So all things considered, it's a pretty modest increase," said Hill.
In the past, food prices have jumped 3 to 4 percent, meaning this quarter's one-percent increase is mild.
"What this means is that in the United States and in Texas specifically, we really have fairly affordable food that is always healthy and safe for us and available at the grocery store, so overall, we are very fortunate to have the situation of food supply that we have," said Hill.
But some shoppers aren't so fortunate, grocery store employees said.
"As like in food stamps you see them not being able to afford like as much as they used to," said a local grocery store employee.
More expensive prices can also be contributed to people buying more pre-packaged food items.
"You see a lot of people buying pre-packaged stuff. Like a lot of people don't know how to cook, so they go to the pre-packaged things, which are even more expensive."