That could soon be a reality if congress doesn't pass a new Farm Bill by the end of the year as government subsidies to farmers would expire.
If that happens, our food prices could rise.
If you think the farm bill only affects farmers, think again. milk prices could double by January 1st, if congress doesn't find a solution.
And milk at $8 a gallon, doesn't do any-body any good.
Shopper Jackie Brobst said "I think it's very sad that it would have to come to us really having to maybe make less healthy choices than what we would like to because of it, it would be sad how it would affect everyone not just the farmers."
Shopper Joyce Scholten said "I really wish they would get together and solve this and make compromises, instead of having it be one way or the other, there needs to be some common ground in between for it and that would benefit us all."
Hy-Vee Store Director Bob Trader said "I think the industry as a whole from the producer, all the way to the retailer understands that we can't let that happen, no matter what, and we won't."
But if congress fails and milk prices jump?
"There are a lot of interests that would be descending upon Washington D.C., in a short period of time, and they all want to keep their jobs I think,"Trader said.
"Disappointed, because I love milk, it would be hard to spend that kind of money on milk but suppose you just have to suck it up and do it," Brobst said.
"I'm very fortunate that my youngest kid is 17 now, so I would probably end up trying to find some alternative, instead of having to buy milk," Scholten said.
"There are alternatives to milk, dairy farmers know that, there's soy milk, there's almond milk, there's a lot of different things out there that are reasonably priced,"Trader said.
Or another option not found here at the grocery store.
Shopper Tanya Wetzel said "I'd try to go buy a cow (laughs)."
If grocery prices skyrocket in January, shoppers may have to find a solution of their own.
The ongoing battle between parties about changes and cuts to the federal food assistance program is one of the reasons why congress hasn't been able to reach an agreement on the Farm Bill.
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