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Area Farmers Face Uncertainty

Farmers are waiting for lawmakers to pass a new farm bill or prices could soar.

Work on a farm never quits.

"It's not easy. You have so much investment plus you work all of the time," said

Even when Congress does.

"It provides the programs that help us be competitive in the marketplace in order to keep food at a reasonable or cheap cost," said Brad Macauley, President of the Livingston County Farm Bureau.

Farmer Shaun Coyne is carrying on his grandfather's tradition.

But his 800 cows won't be able to help pay the bills unless new legislation is passed.

That bill, in part, helps subsidize dairy farmers.

"It's our main income what whole farm goes by,” said Coyne.

If nothing is done by January 1, that would mean we would go back to a 1949 law that sets the milk prices twice as expensive as today,.

Experts believe it could jump milk prices to nearly $8 a gallon.

Farmers sell milk by the hundredweight.

One hundredweight equals about 12 gallons.

"That would not be good. Say you drop down to $10 a hundred and it costs you $17 dollars a hundred to produce it, where are you going then? You are in the hole big time,” said Coyne.

So the more farmer's pay - the more you and I pay.

"They need to get it straightened out," said Coyne.



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