Todd Epp notes the irony that, even as the state bribes South Dakota counties to ignore environmental concerns and turn South Dakota into one giant factory feedlot, hamburgers cost more to make in South Dakota than in almost everywhere else in the country:
South Dakota sits in the middle of beef country.
Yet, with cattle feedlots East River and cattle ranches West River, making a homemade hamburger in South Dakota costs the fourth most in the nation at $2.66 cents.
…The five cheapest states are: Arizona ($2.16), Maryland ($2.18), Delaware ($2.18), Pennsylvania ($2.21), and Idaho ($2.23).
The five most expensive states are: Hawaii ($2.75), Minnesota ($2.74), Alaska ($2.71), South Dakota ($2.66), and Ohio ($2.60) [Todd Epp, “A Homemade Burger in South Dakota Will Cost You More Than Most Places,” KELO Radio, 2019.07.05].
The folks who compiled these data priced ground beef and other groceries at Walmarts in each state, so local production costs may well be washed out in the vast corporate production chain.
But evidently, more CAFOs don’t bring cheaper burgers—dang, there’s one more thing I probably can’t say in Davison County….