Got Cash? Milk Prices Could Soar This Fall

January 11, 2013

When Congress voted to stop automatic tax increases and spending cuts, it also extended the 2008 Farm Bill for another nine months. Failure to extend the farm bill could have doubled the price of milk, which would have reverted to 1949 levels. In today’s dollars, that comes out to around seven dollars a gallon. Prices have not gone up significantly yet this year, but that could change this fall, when the farm bill extension runs out. Ken Nobis is the president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association. WDET's Pat Batcheller asked him what will happen if Congress doesn’t pass a new farm bill by October. Click on the audio link above to hear the answer and the conversation.