POSTED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 6:29pm
Tyler, TX — The 2008 federal farm bill has expired. A bill that congress has control to pass every five years.
It keeps funds flowing for any program in the farm bill. The cost of feed and milk to go up.
And this is affecting farmers nationwide. and right here.... in East Texas.
"I'm just very frustrated that is not a farm bill it's a food stamp bill, up to 84% of the money in the farm bill goes towards food stamps and other feeding programs, the actual farmer only gets like 11%," says Dominy.
Dominy says, Ethanol is the biggest enemy because it has driven feed prices up so high that farmers can hardly make a profit.
"This last year more of our corn went into ethanol than we used to feed all of our livestock in the u.s and we need to quit using food for fuel, we have to use our food to feed people and animal," says Dominy.
Dominy tells ketk, there has to be a profit. so the farmer can pay employees and feed all of his cows.
"The actual dairy farmer gets less than two dollars a gallon for his milk, all the money goes to the processor and the retailer which I think is wrong," says Dominy.
The deadline to pass the farm bill is Spring 2013, giving congress enough time to pass the bill.
" It's been too tough, that's why a lot of dairy men have gone out of business," says Dominy.