ALBANY, N.Y. – The price of milk is increasing, which is good for farmers, but not so good for consumers.
The United States Department of Agriculture said a rising domestic and foreign demand for dairy products will give dairy farmers an average $21.20 per hundredweight. That's not that much from last year's $20.01 price but its huge compared to the $12.83 they were getting in 2009.
However, Steve Ammerman of the New York Farm Bureau said just because the farmers are recovering from the market crash in 2008 to 2009, that doesn't necessarily translate into consumer costs.
Marie Tucker of Loudonville is a frequent milk buyer at Stewart's. She said she isn't afraid of a price increase because she needs her milk.
Locally, Ammerman said it's a good thing dairy is in demand because New York is the third largest dairy producing state in the US, which is good for the dairy farms and the entire rural economy.