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  •  Not good for Cal Ag if milk prices go up (9+ / 0-)

    This will not just hurt families, it will also hurt California dairy farmers and potentially the entire U.S. economy:

    A study released by the CMAB confirmed the dairy industry's positive impact on the state's economy, including job creation. In 2008, the latest year for which figures are available, the dairy industry created a total of 443,574 jobs in California, approximately 3 percent of the total overall job production for the year. The 2008 report shows that for every single “on-the-farm” job, 22 additional “beyond-the-farm” jobs are created. In fact, the dairy industry creates more California jobs and provides more economic stimulus to the state than either the iconic motion picture/television or wine industries.

    Once again leading the nation in dairy production, California's dairy industry contributes $63 billion in economic activity to the state. In 2008 alone, California dairies also produced more than 41 billion pounds of milk — that's 21 percent of the nation's supply of this essential food group.

    The analysis was conducted for the CMAB by J/D/G Consulting Inc., an independent dairy industry research firm based in Florida. The same study last conducted in 2007 showed California dairies created $61 billion in economic activity and 435,000 jobs for the state.

    Those outside of California may not realize that most of California is filled with cows, but there are literally thousands of square miles of dairy ranches here, and as you can see, these are a significant source of our economy as well as our total milk production both.

    Raising prices here would be terrible. I personally don't really drink milk, but I eat a ton of cheese. I live on cheese. Mainly brie because it's actually the cheapest where I live (6-8 rounds for $20 if bought on the farm where I purchase it). If milk goes up, so does cheese. If milk prices go up, so do agricultural land prices, incidentally. Like California needs to risk even more inflated acreage costs? Most people drink milk, cheese, or butter, and these are a staple in so many foods.

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I didn't know. Tipped & Rec'd. I don't begin to know what to think about this.

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    by mahakali overdrive on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 10:25:52 AM PST

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