January 1, 2013 |
Alfred Wanner Jr., a dairy farmer in Narvon in Lancaster County, would love to see higher milk prices, but he knows a surge to $6 to $8 a gallon - expected if Congress failed to prevent 1940s milk-subsidy rules from taking effect - would do more harm than good. "Consumers will back off on their purchases. It'll just disrupt the whole market. It would not be a good situation," Wanner, whose family milks more than 600 cows on his farm, said in an interview Monday. It appeared late Monday that lawmakers in Washington were on track to approve an extension of the expired 2008 farm bill.
October 22, 2012 |
DANVILLE, Vt. - Small dairy farmers in the Northeast and Wisconsin say a tough year has been made worse by Congress' failure to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired. While many farm programs have continued through the harvest season even though the farm bill expired Sept. 30, a program that pays dairy farmers when milk prices plummet has ended. Many dairy farms were already struggling with low milk prices and high fuel and feed costs as the worst drought in decades dried up grazing land and pushed up the price of hay and feed.
July 9, 2012 |
Consumers will pay a little more for coffee and chocolate to ensure that the farmers who produce those foods get a fair wage. So why not ask them to pay more for milk? That's the notion behind a Vermont-based program designed to raise money for struggling New England dairy farms while educating consumers about those family businesses. Keep Local Farms urges colleges, universities, and other institutions in New England to charge a little more for milk, with the extra money going to the farmers.
April 29, 2012 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - Got milk? Pass the butter? Not in Kenya, where both of those staples are increasingly scarce because a drought-induced dairy shortage is wreaking havoc on the milk, butter, and yogurt shelves. Grocery store owners, restaurant managers, and customers are annoyed and frustrated that an item as basic as butter is almost impossible to find in what is frequently billed as East Africa's largest economy. Farmers are producing only 30 percent of the country's needs, causing milk prices to shoot up in recent weeks by nearly a third.
March 13, 2012
A NEW JERSEY man and a cheese company were charged yesterday by the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia with shipping tainted cheese. Joseph G. Lotito, 42, of Annandale, and the Lebanon Cheese Co., of Lebanon, N.J., allegedly sold ricotta impastata - the cheese used to make cannoli filling - that was unfit for human consumption. He could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted of the charge, and Lebanon could face five years' probation and a $200,000 fine. It's unknown whether any consumers of the cheese were harmed by the contaminated ricotta, which was allegedly delivered in August 2008 to a food market in Wyomissing, Pa. Authorities said that the cheese was manufactured from truckloads of raw milk that had been condemned by Pennsylvania dairy processors for failing screening tests for the presence of certain antibiotics.
March 13, 2012 |
A New Jersey cheesemaker made its ricotta cheese from tainted milk that was on its way to a landfill, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Philadelphia. The raw milk from Pennsylvania had been condemned because of high levels of antibiotics, authorities said. No injuries or illnesses were reported. Lebanon Cheese Co. of Lebanon, Hunterdon County, and its president, Joseph G. Lotito, were charged Monday with a misdemeanor interstate shipping charge. The company paid cash for the discounted milk from D.A. Landis Trucking Inc. of Lancaster, in 2008, although dairy farmers had pledged to dispose of it, prosecutors said.
June 28, 2010
More than 40 years ago, my husband and I began our life work as Pennsylvania dairy farmers. After a year of selling our milk to a small processing firm, we joined a dairy-marketing cooperative because it fit with our philosophy of farmers working together. Congress encouraged the co-op business philosophy in 1922, when it passed the Capper-Volstead Act, which gives farmers limited antitrust protection, enabling them to join together in organizations whose larger scale and marketing power allow them to seek better markets and prices.
June 3, 2010 |
A ruling by the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board on Wednesday will boost annual payments to struggling Pennsylvania dairy farmers by an estimated $6.7 million, according to Gov. Rendell. "As one of the few states with the ability to affect pricing, Pennsylvania is taking decisive action to help its dairy producers," Rendell said Thursday. The projected payments are small in Pennsylvania's $1.5 billion industry, but given the industry's difficulties, "any revenue that's out there that can be returned to the farmer is positive, no matter how small," said John Frey, executive director of the state's Center for Dairy Excellence.
March 15, 2010 |
Under a dilapidated farm building in Gloucester County, Owen Pool tugs at his sweat-stained "Got Milk?" cap, stretches out his bad knee, and tries to make sense of the dairy industry. Pool says he's losing money every time he milks a cow, thanks to a bewildering mix of circumstances that includes a U.S. cheese surplus, the decline of consumer demand in China, and the lack of precipitation in Australia last year. "I talk to this economist in D.C., to try and stay on top of things," said the 71-year-old dairy farmer.
January 14, 2010 |
Residents of Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs probably do not know it, but they pay at least 15 cents more per gallon for milk than Lehigh Valley residents. In a bid to halt this decades-old discrepancy instituted by the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board based on a calculation of production costs, the city yesterday petitioned for a reduction of the minimum price in the Philadelphia region to the state average. "We believe it is unwarranted and unjust to surcharge Philadelphia-area consumers 15 cents a gallon for milk that comes from the same cows, processed in the same plant, and driven the same amount of miles as the lower-priced milk," Lance Haver, director of the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs, wrote in a letter to board chairman Richard Kriebel.