‘Milk Cliff’ Worries Lessen For Local Farmers

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MEDINA, Ohio -- Wolff Dairy Farm has been milking cows in Medina for almost a century.

"Six generations of dairy farming but the last two years has been extremely tough. Many dairy farmers have gone out of business and will continue to go out of business.  Making a profit is extremely hard," said Lowell Wolff.

But the Wolffs are breathing easier after news that the House and Senate reached a tentative agreement that would prevent the price of milk to reach seven dollars a gallon.

"If it reaches a point where it's more than the consumers wish to pay, it will cut the amount of consumption and ultimately our value will go down as well," added Wolff.

The deal is an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill and would last one year.

If the new bill isn't passed, the government could be forced to buy milk at twice today's price, driving up the cost for everyone.

"When the consumers go into grocery store, they will be bit shocked to see that instead of seeing $3.60 for a gallon of milk, it’s now $7," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The agreement still has to be approved by both sides of Congress, giving lawmakers another year to iron out a deal.

The Senate has agreed on the extension.

The House has yet to endorse the deal. No word on when they plan to vote.