Updated 10/09/2012 11:01 PM
Congressman Tonko meets with farmers about Farm Bill
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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Congressman Paul Tonko said, "We need stability. We need predictably. We need the safety net for our farm community."
But farmers countrywide are working without that safety net. The farmer's bill expired September 30th and the House of Representatives has yet to pass a new one.
"A major concern has to do with dairy farmers," said Martin Kelly, President of the Montgomery County Farmer Bureau.
Farmers’ milk income loss contract also expired, which provides them with a subsidy when milk prices fall below a certain level.
"We saw this summer, a $16 100 weight milk and for farms to break even, they need a $20 100 weight milk," said Kelly.
Bob Cross, owner of Cripplebush Creek Farm, said, "I want to know how we are going to survive without this Farm Bill in place."
But if the bill doesn't pass, it's not just the farmers that will feel the effects, people across the nation will also notice the difference.
Kelly said, "Milk could reach six dollars a gallon in the supermarket."
"Well if our prices raise, we have to raise it, there’s nothing we can do about that," said Mohawk Dairy owner Richard Rzeszotarski.
And Congressman Tonko tells us that's why it's so urgent the bill gets brought to the floor, because it also helps control the costs of fuel and grains for farmer.
"They're certain programs in there that could relieve their productivity or lack thereof."
If a new bill isn't passed by January 1st, prices will begin to rise almost immediately.