October 3, 2012
It seems everything is getting more and more expensive and some are saying milk could be the next item where prices could sky rocket. From the cow to the grocery store shelves, milk is a kitchen staple but what if the price doubles down the road?
Martha Cassell, a grocery shopper, said, "I don't know.. I'd probably buy less milk."
On September 30th, the 2008 Farm Bill expired. The 2012 Farm Bill has passed through the Senate but has stopped in the House of Representatives. The bill gives assistance to dairy farmers and until the 2012 bill passes, local dairy farmers are left uncertain about future milk prices.
A local dairy farmer, David Fisher from Burnley Farms in Gordonsville, Va, said, "Oh, until Congress gets back into meeting and the House acts on it, nothing's really going to happen. They told us to not really expect anything until January 1st."
If the new bill doesn't pass soon, a gallon of milk that costs $3.49 now, could nearly double in price. But, Fisher said that won't necessarily be a bad thing for dairy farmers. " It'd be nice to make money." stated Fisher, "We haven't made money around here in a while selling milk because feed prices have been so high.. and those are tired to the farm bill in actuality."
Right now, dairy farmers only make about $1.40 a gallon, but if milk prices double for the public, farmers will make more money. With prices increasing all around us, families are concerned about having to pay more. Cassell said, "I think it would be very terrible for families who rely on milk. Everybody in my family does have milk to some degree and certainly I don't know how that it going to affect cheeses."
Something Fisher wanted to make clear was that most dairy farmers themselves don't determine the price of a gallon of milk. From experience, he also says he doubts that prices will change much in the months to come.