Milk Prices


Milk prices paid to Vermont's dairy farmers have plummeted this winter from a record high last year as farmers head into the spring planting season.


Dairy experts are urging farmers to sign up for a new program included in the Farm Bill that is their only safety net for fluctuating milk prices.

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Congress' failure to pass a farm bill last week has already resurrected talk of a "dairy cliff," in which milk prices could skyrocket to $6 a gallon.


The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill that expired in October, to head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month. But there is no vote scheduled yet on the House floor.

New York Senator Charles Schumer is warning that milk prices in stores could double if the Farm Bill isn't renewed by the end of the year.