NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The price of pork is about to reach new highs this summer. Rising operating costs hit farmers, who are passing on the price to restaurants and grocery stores.
Rising corn prices make it costlier to feed pigs. At R.C. Farms rising costs are getting passed on to our plates.
"When corn is expensive, then the costs to raise that pig, which was fed mostly corn, is more expensive to produce that pig. In many cases, people quit and there became a shortage. It's a supply and demand issue," said R.C. Farms owner Robert Combs.
R.C. Farms feeds younger pigs a mix of corn feed. Their adult pigs get fed scraps from casino restaurant leftovers.
But rising corn prices are forcing pig farmers to raise the price of their pigs nearly twice what it was this time last year. Farmers also getting hit by rising fuel and vehicle costs.