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With no farm bill, will milk and dairy prices skyrocket?

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MORGAN COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

With no new farm bill in place, some analysts predict we could see higher prices at the grocery store.  However, some Georgia farmers said they don't expect that to happen.

"I don't think that'll happen because supply and demand will set the price," said Everett Williams, owner of Williams Dairy Farm in Morgan County. "And the government does not set the price of milk. Just because we don't have a farm bill will not automatically raise the price of milk."

Williams has 1,400 cows that produce $25,000 worth of milk every day.

Other farmers agreed.

"There are times you wish you could get $6 a gallon," said Jimmy Carter, owner of Southern Belle Farms in Henry County. "But certainly that's driven by the market." 

Carter got out of the dairy business back in the 1980s and now farms strawberries and other crops. 

While Carter and Williams do not receive government subsidies, they do want Congress to pass a new farm bill that will offer them certain insurance and other benefits.

"Don't be worried about paying a high price, but tell your congressman we expect him to be responsible and pass a farm bill," said Williams.

While they watch what happens in Washington, DC, some said smaller farms could go out of business without government support.

"Some people will finally get to the point financially that maybe if it does hit bottom and you can't make it, you may have to look at other avenues," said Carter. "You may have to get out of farming."

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