Cost of Milk May Increase Due to Dairy Cliff

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- If Congress doesn't reach the deadline next week, the “dairy cliff” is something that could raise the price of milk dramatically.

The current farm bill is set to expire in a few days on January 1st. That bill sets the minimum price of which milk can be sold.

Without a new farm bill, the minimum price would be set by a law from 1949, which means that the price of milk would increase maybe even double.

Dan Meyers, a farmer in the Valley, said he hopes Congress will avoid the dairy cliff.

“When you double the price of something as important as the nutritional value in dairy products, that's a hardship that we don't need to be a part of,” said Meyers.

Meyers said farmers would see a short term benefit for the first month or two from the higher milk prices, but demand for dairy would eventually fall because of the high cost to the consumer. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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