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Price Of Milk Could Soon Reach Almost $10

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Time is running out for lawmakers in Washington to sort out the farm bill to keep costs from rising at the supermarket.

 

 

Members of the U.S. House and Senate met to finalize a version of the farm bill that both can live with. But if they can't agree by January, it could mean a significant jump in the price of dairy products.

"If they do not come to an agreement by the 31st of January, we revert back to the 1949 farm bill," said Ken Nobis, the president of Michigan Milk Producers Association.

Nobis says no new farm bill means old government subsidies from the depression automatically kick in. Essentially, producers will sell most of their milk, not to stores, but to the government because that's where they'd get the most income.

The price for a gallon now is anywhere from $3-4, depending on what brand you buy. Nobis says if no agreement is reached, that price could hike up to $8-9 per gallon.

 

"There's no reason to get to this point. We just need to get this bill done," he said.

Senator Debbie Stabenow says Congress needs to pass a new farm bill and she thinks it will. "Families certainly don't need to see the prices of milk go up," said Stabenow. She says though she is confident Congress will pass a farm bill, if for some reason it doesn't happen, dairy products would only be the tip of the iceberg. Higher fruit and vegetable prices would soon follow.

 

"Probably thinking we're getting, you know, undeserved profits. We don't want it either that's the last thing we want to see," said Nobis, who says the higher cost would kill the industry.

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