Milk prices and futures that dairy farmers receive has been on the rise. What should feel like a bit of relief and light at the end of the tunnel is not there due to the rising cost of our feed for our cattle.
Corn prices are at record levels. Nearly $7.00 a bushel. Most of the other commodities we feed our cows have gone up as well. Our costs have increased over 20 percent since December.
We do grow some of our feed but not all of it. Many farmers do not grow any of their own feed and rely on purchasing all of their feed. Many of the alfalfa hay growers have chosen to farm other more profitable crops as the dairy farmers had such difficulties paying the alfalfa hay they needed over the past two years. So it’s not only difficult to find but very expensive as well.
On top of that food in the grocery stores are more expensive.
Fuel is also more expensive and seems to be climbing. Didn’t our government subsidized corn to be used for ethanol to make fuel less expensive and less dependent on foreign oil? Hello… It’s NOT working!
Who are the ones to lose from these decisions? We the consumers are!
On top of all of this the government wants to hire more inspectors to check on food safety. Now don’t get me wrong I am all about food safety I am reminded of it every day from the regulations already in place and we proudly follow. The U.S.A. have the strictest guidelines in the WORLD…yes world!
These additional government employees will be paid by who? Yes us! It will make it harder for farms to stay in business. This will lead to food being accessible and affordable. It will lead to less of our food being made here in the U.S. and more of our food imported. Imported from countries that do not have the same standards. Does that make any sense???
It makes me think of Germany. When Hitler removed the farms as he didn’t think they were important and manufacturing was the way for the country to succeed. We all know what happened with that theory.
Our greatest wealth is our ability to feed ourselves. I can promise you this!
- Our farm is committed to providing safe and wholesome milk to consumers.
- We, along with the nation’s 55,000 dairy producers have a strong track record for compliance with state and federal regulations, and support education and enforcement efforts to further strengthen that record.
Please urge our government to use common sense. Spend wisely and to remember that our greatest wealth is the ability to feed ourselves.