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Dairy producers frustrated with lack of Farm Bill

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It's January 15 and Congress has yet to pass a Farm Bill. 

Last month we were told that dairy prices would spike without a deal, driving the price tag on milk past the $8 mark.

Frustration is what local dairy producers are saying they are feeling. One even said he almost feels numb from it.

Dairy products are staples in almost every household in America. But dairy producers are in limbo right now as there is still no Farm Bill. 

And with that comes great uncertainty.

"The Farm Bill -- what it is is a stabilization for the dairy producers.  It's something that -- a program they developed themselves and it benefits them to the point that creates a steady flow of income and recognizes production swings that's happening in the industry," said Allen Merrill, dairy producer.

A Farm Bill would help keep milk at a level price. Dairy producers say these dramatic ups and down are really hard on farms.

"A farm doesn't just not make money during that time. They actually borrow money from the bank to stay in business so when milk starts to come back up, they don't just start making money again -- they first have to climb out of that hole and then start making money," said Merri Post, dairy producer.

Lawmakers say they are hopeful that an agreement could be made by the end of January.

"Even if they did vote in the next week or two it would still take six months to get it all implemented, but if we had something that we could visualize and get our arms around it would be beneficial," said Merrill.

"They just need to get in a room and just try to come up with what's best as our whole nation and keeping our farms, our ag strong, is going to be best for our nation," said Post.


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