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Milk prices affected by lack of Farm Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WXOW) - Congressman Ron Kind is encouraging lawmakers to pass a new farm bill.

The bill provides various levels of financial support for farmers.

The old farm bill expired in September.  If a new farm bill isn't passed by the end of the month the United States would go back to 1949 farm policies forcing the government to buy milk at inflated prices.

That could translate to the price of milk doubling at the grocery store. 

"My concern there is once people start shifting beverage choice, which I assume they will if they see milk prices double overnight," Kind said. "It is going to be tough to get many of them back. That would be very harmful to the dairy industry and dairy farmers."

Kind would like house leadership to schedule a debate on the floor before the end of the year so they can pass a new farm bill and avoid high milk prices.

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