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Farm bill roulette

by Ray Carter Published: July 2, 2013

Congress is being urged to pass a bad farm bill that artificially increases consumer prices to prevent an even worse law from taking effect and driving up milk prices even more. Such is the state of affairs at the U.S. Capitol.

If a new federal farm bill isn’t enacted, the current version expires in a matter of months. At that time, a 1949 law kicks in that sets mandatory high prices for milk — as much as $6 per gallon.

Dairy farmers worry that those exorbitant prices will destroy product demand. Yet many of the provisions of the proposed farm bill also force consumers to pay more — up to twice real market price for sugar.

Here’s an idea: If the 1949 milk law is so bad, why not repeal it? Instead, bad law is being used to motivate passage of other bad laws. Either way, consumers get gouged.

by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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