The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.
Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. If they don’t finish it, dairy supports could expire at the end of the year and send the price of a gallon of milk skyward.
KLTV reports that the price of milk could reach $8 a gallon.
“We are pretty much at the mercy of the people that are going to pay us. We have no control over the milk price,” dairy farm manager Bear Vanderwier told KLTV.
Source: WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP)