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October 2, 2012

Higher milk prices OK, consumers say, but only if farmers benefit

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For Patricia Wilcox of Edmeston and Jody Clark of Smyrna, however, a big price hike would be a big burden, they said.

“My family goes through a gallon a day,” Wilcox said.

“I go through about 2 ½ gallons a week,” Clark said.

The women, who were loading a minivan outside the Oneonta Hannaford, said they would little choice than to buy less milk if the price rose dramatically.

“It’s either that or go buy off the farmer,” Wilcox said.

“I couldn’t even imagine anybody buying milk at $6 a gallon,” she added, with Clark nodding in agreement.

Asked whether they were having trouble making ends meet, Wilcox said, “Everybody does anymore, between the food price and the gas prices and the diesel prices.”

Betty Cornish of Morris, who was with Palmer, said she’d probably keep buying.

“I have to have my milk,” she said.

None of those questioned about the potential price increase expressed any interest in alternatives, such as powdered milk.

“My mother tried to poison me with that when I was a kid,” Brown said with a smile.

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