WATERVILLE, N.Y. — My husband and I farm in central New York State, milking 60 cows with another 40 head of young stock. We’re third-generation farmers and our farm has been in the same family for nearly 100 years. We have farmed it for 43 years, and 2009 was the worst year of our lives.
Gretchen Maine, Minuteman Media
, April 08, 2010
ST. PAUL – How times have changed! Some projections indicate that February and March farm milk prices may end up the lowest since 1978.
Can you remember 1978? The average household income was $17,000 and the average new house cost $53,000. Gasoline was 63 cents per gallon. Now milk prices have most producers in survival mode, at least for the next three to six months.
Since last fall, when milk prices peaked at $20 a hundredweight, the price Steve and Amy Combs and other dairy farmers now receive for their product has been nearly cut in half.
, February 07, 2009
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