Higher Milk Prices Don't Help Dairy Farmers Much

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

RIVERDALE, Calif. (AP) - Milk prices are rising, but that's not helping a lot of dairy farmers, who are still struggling after several disastrous years.

They say the increase isn't enough to make up for a rise in feed costs as corn is diverted to ethanol. The situation is particularly bad in California, where most dairy farmers don't grow their own corn for feed.

Many dairy farmers are hoping the federal government will do something to help stabilize the industry.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture committee formed in response to the crisis issued its recommendations this month, and one was to create an insurance program that would pay farmers when the difference between milk and feed prices becomes too small.

No legislation has been written yet, but agriculture officials say it's coming.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by I. Arlyin Location: Florida on May 5, 2011 at 08:49 PM
    How come we can't buy the milk direct from the dairy ? Or the dairy man can come into town and sell his milk. Cut out the middle man.
  • by laura m. Location: dothan on Mar 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM
    We use soy or almond milk on cereal and it keeps in the frige a long time. Friends in the country have milk goats which are better than cow's milk, if you're a milk drinker.
  • by kathy Location: Hartford on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    Where is this going to end ??? right now its cheaper to buy the whole darn cow, instead of a gallon of milk ...how is anybody able to affort the basics in the future ??
  • by Joey Location: Dothan on Mar 18, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    So why not just repeal the bill allowing ethanol in gasoline? It would help stablize fuel and food costs. Especially if we drilled our own oil here in the states too. Vote out all incumbents of both major parties. They are the ones who did this to us.
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