Dairy Farmers Urge Lawmakers to 'Mooove' 2012 Farm Bill Along

December 13, 2012 Updated Dec 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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December 13, 2012 Updated Dec 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM EDT

Dairy Farmers Urge Lawmakers to 'Mooove' 2012 Farm Bill Along
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Kyla Igoe

GASPORT, NY (WKBW) -One lawmaker claims if the nation goes over the 'fiscal cliff', the price of a gallon of milk and other dairy foods could double. United States Senator Charles Schumer and local dairy farmers are urging lawmakers to pass the 2012 Farm Bill. The U.S Senate passed the bill to help dairy and fruit farmers, but the legislation hasn't passed in the U.S House of Representatives. If the law lapses, it will revert to a 1949 bill that requires the federal government to buy milk and cheese at double the price it currently sells at and would ultimately raise the price dramatically for consumers.

"You could argue and say it's a higher price, so the dairy farmers will be happy," said Schumer. "This isn't the case. It disrupts sales patterns for farmers. Take for example the greek yogurt industry, if they know the price of milk will double they'll never expand."

With the deadline only a few weeks away, Senator Charles Schumer and local farmers are now calling on US representatives to put this bill on the floor and pass it before prices could sky rocket.

"When the customer is happy, we're happy," said Dairy Farmer Jeremy Verratti of Verratti Farms. "This would allow us to do business in a profitable manner and be able to price milk in the margin between feed and milk."