Tyler, Tx — It's a known fact that the economy is not in the best shape. The biggest sign would have to be the prices at your local grocery store. You might have noticed your grocery bill has increased, and part of the reason might have to do with the increasing price in your kitchen's staple ingredient, milk.
Today a gallon of milk is being sold for almost five dollars and consumers and farmers are hurting.
KETK spoke with the owner of Dominy Farms in Alto, Mike Dominy, and he explained just how much this price increase is hurting dairy farmers, saying, "I got paid a dollar-seventy for my milk. Now at the store it's four or five dollars. Who's making all this money? It's not the dairymen, it's the processor and the store retailer."
Thankfully for dairy farmers and consumers, the price might be cut thanks to State Representative Dan Flynn's new bill in the works called the "Raw Milk Bill".
When we contacted State Representative Dan Flynn's office, we were told, "·...Benefits rural economies because direct farm-to-consumer sales of raw milk can mean the difference between a net loss on the farm and a reasonable income for the farm family..."
This bill would allow unpasteurized milk to be sold places like farmer's markets and fairs, thus saving money for the farmer and the purchaser. The bill is still waiting to be passed by the House Public Health Committee.