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A New Year’s deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreement on a five-year farm bill.
The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.
It’s been more than a decade since the MTV prank show “Jackass” went off the air, and a few young men from Northern Virginia seem to think its about time for a new gag troupe.
As the nation inches toward the economic “fiscal cliff,” anxiety is growing in farm country about an obscure tangent of the Washington political standoff that reaches into the dairy industry and, indirectly, into the household budgets of consumers who buy milk and cheese.
The four Maryland residents who became ill after consuming raw milk have cast a spotlight on the growing popularity the unpasteurized product.