Milk Prices On The Rise


Published 06/09 2014 09:12AM

Updated 06/09 2014 09:15AM

The price of milk is a lot higher than where it was last spring.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: a gallon of whole milk cost $3.69 in April.

That's up 7.5% from where it was at the same time a year ago and is the highest price shoppers have seen since way back in September of 2011.

Unfortunately, analysts expect prices to continue to rise, at least for now.

You can pin a lot of it in China.

Milk demand there, along with other Southeast Asian and Latin American countries, has been skyrocketing.

Analysts say consumers there are upgrading their palates to more expensive meat and milk products.

And as the imports into those places increase; it naturally decreases the supply leftover for the US.

Farmers here aren't getting as big a cut as you might think, though.

Currently: Only a third of retail prices is what's called the "farm share."

In the 80's, they used to get half.

Farmers aren't losing out completely though.

The USDA says dairy farming is one of the few bright spots in commercial agriculture this year.

So although you're paying more at the checkout, the economy overall benefits.

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