Would you pay $7 for a gallon of milk if we fall off the dairy cliff?
- sandiasingh Dec 4, 2013 09:38 AM
Holy chimoley. Here they go again in Washington.
We are from the dairy state originally (Wisconsin) so yes, I would be forced to pay whatever the price of milk is. I already pay about $4.59 per half gallon of Kalona Supernatural organic milk, so I can't imagine what their price hike would be.
Horizon Organic is regularly $4/half gallon here, so yeah, I already pay it too. I don't think this would affect organic prices, however, because I wouldn't expect the Feds to take organic status into consideration when offering to buy up the milk. But I'm no expert at all.
My brother's family buys conventional milk because their kids go through so much, though, so it's going to be hard on families.
What the story did not mention is the ridiculous way milk is priced with the current farm bill and the 1934 dairy law and the 1949 dairy law.
Federal dairy laws pay dairy farmers more per hundred-weight for milk the farther the producer is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The law was passed to encourage dairy production in all parts of the U.S. before there was refrigerated transportation available.
A dairy farmer in Arizona or California gets paid much more for his milk than does a Wisconsin or Minnesota dairy producer. I've seen the Arizona desert irrigated to grow alfalfa to feed the dairy cattle.
Whatever happens with federal dairy laws must include a change in this pricing policy, it is an inequitable law.
I have no problems spending more than $7 for other food items so why would milk be different? But that's me.
I'm aware that it will pose additional hardship for low income families on tight budget and whose children go through a lot of milk. Not sure what the best thing to do for that situation.