The American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table show an increase of $2.35 from last year’s average. AFBF’s 23rd Annual Price Survey shows the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $44.61, compared with last year’s average of $42.26. Menu items in the survey include turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings.

“Throughout the year we’re fortunate to enjoy a bounty of foods produced in every state of our great nation,” says AFBF President Bob Stallman. “It’s especially appropriate as we gather at the Thanksgiving table to savor not only food and fellowship, but to take a moment to recognize that this blessing begins with our hard-working farm and ranch families.”

The cost of a 16-pound turkey, at $19.09 or roughly $1.19 per pound, reflects an increase of 9 cents per pound, or a total of $1.46 per turkey compared to 2007. This is the largest contributor to the overall increase in the cost of the 2008 Thanksgiving dinner.