Milk Glut Bad for Michigan Dairy Farmers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Loss of foreign markets is driving down prices.

Unpasteurized or "raw" milk is dangerous, U.S. health officials say.

Michigan dairy farmers are still producing milk despite a worldwide glut that has sent prices plummeting.

Producers face higher costs but less demand for milk, partly because of a dried-up export market.

Dairy expert Ira Krupp of the Michigan State University Extension program says the recent prices that producers are getting for their milk have been far below what they need to remain profitable.

Krupp tells The Holland Sentinel that he expects prices to remain down for at least several more months.

The National Milk Producers Federation says the prices that producers get for 100 pounds of milk fell from an average of $20.58 last November to $13.51 in July.

Prices are projected to average $14.18 for this month.

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  • by Judy Location: rural village MI on Sep 29, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    Sure I feel for the farmers.A lot of their cost are outrageous.Exporting milk to other countries wasn't the smartest thing.I'm sure gov had their hands in that one.Ethanol was not smart either.We eat corn,but due to that corn products have went up so high.So we continue to send grains over seas.If they want to send free stuff over seas what about helping food banks all over the sates.The ones that have so little to give.Even our gov wants to cut them programs.It is alright that some one offers out dated foods or damaged packaging for SALE however.They buy it from stores at pennies on the dollar.It should of at least been given to food banks.Where is the american spirit on helping people in need.Fact is many can't afford even 1/2 off.The economy problems are not coming to an end.They say food prices went up for many reasons.Go to small towns stores.Wow they are still high priced.Farmers get low prices,stores charge high prices.Our town charges 3.29 a gal for milk?Why?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    When is the rest of the food prices going to be back to normal?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    I enjoy the low prices. It is nice to serve milk to my kids and know it should be healthy for them.
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