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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 07:41 PM

 

Farmers Warn Of High Milk Prices Without Farm Bill

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Dairy farmers expressed frustration this week with Congress' failure to pass a farm bill, saying the uncertainty made it hard to do business and some could go under without changes to the federal milk program.

Farmers also worried that if a current nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill expires with no action, a 64-year-old law will kick in, sending milk prices spiraling. While that might provide short-term profits, they say, it'd hurt them in the long run because no one wants to buy milk at $6 a gallon.

The U.S. House voted down a farm bill June 20, about a week after the Senate approved a different version. It was the second year in a row that the House failed to pass the every-five-years bill that sets funding for agriculture and food programs. Last year, it didn't even vote, prompting the passage in January of a slimmed-down extension of the 2008 law - largely to avoid milk prices sharply increasing.

The Agricultural Act of 1949 sets a much higher price for government purchases of cheese, butter and other dairy products than the U.S. has seen in decades. The government cut the price in recent decades because if it didn't, more companies would sell to the government than to retailers, unless consumer prices rose to match.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:23 PM

1. cow milk is a luxury item, humans have no need for it nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:46 PM

2. Dairy is a vital source of protein around the world

If you want to get really technical, humans could probably survive just fine on a diet of beans, rice, a bowl of broccoli, and an egg every now and then.

That doesn't mean we should discount anything else as a "luxury". We need a diversified food supply if we wish to feed all 7 billion of us, and sustainably produced dairy is a key component of that supply.

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