Created: 10/03/2013 5:59 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
The price of milk could be going up. It could reach $8 a gallon. Not right now, but it could happen soon. It's because of a farm bill that expired this week.
The bill has expired before and been resigned, but what makes this time different is it comes in the middle of a partial government shutdown. Many people are afraid it won't be taken care of in time to prevent major changes.
The bill doesn't just impact farmers. In fact, two thirds of the bill's budget funds food assistance programs for low income families like foods stamps, the WIC program and free school lunches for low income kids. We aren't going to see changes right away. The system is set up so there is a buffer period of a few months. But if Congress doesn't pass a new farm bill, those programs will lose funding.
Tammy Zona said, “I think that would be bad because I think that charity is good and I think that WIC helps low income families, babies, mothers and I don't think that would be a good thing.”
And, that's not the only change you will see. Experts say you could see the price of a gallon of milk go up to $8. As for the impact on farmers, they will lose government aid in cases of a drought or early freeze that would impact crops. Farmers are worried if milk prices go up, people won't buy as much.
Malachy Coyne, dairy farmer, said, “It would of course hurt. I think the public would lose out the most, but then farmers would go out of business and when the public did want more products, like milk and other dairy products that supply wouldn't be there.”
News10NBC also spoke with the New York State Farm Bureau. It's encouraging you to contact your lawmakers and keep this issue of passing a new farm bill on their minds.