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Local Dairy Farmer: Consumers Just Can’t Afford $8 a Gallon

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What if we lived in a world where just one gallon of milk cost $8 dollars?

“We would cause a lot of volatility. Nobody would know for sure what’s going on,” says Case VanSteyn, a dairy farmer out of Galt who has been in the business for 50 years.

“We would cause extreme hardships on a lot of people because consumers can’t afford that much.”

But, that price might be the new reality. Congress has until Monday to pass a bill, renewing support for agriculture programs. If not, the government will revert back to what they did in 1949, and require the Department of Agriculture to buy milk at inflated prices.

But, dairy farmers need the price of milk to go up. Within the last few years, the cost of ingredients to feed cattle has nearly doubled.

Even if we are inching last and closer to the edge of the dairy cliff, VanSteyn must continue. He has 600 acres of land to tend to and 1,000 cows to feed.

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