NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There is another looming deadline for Congress known as the "dairy cliff" that would impact every single dairy farm in the United State and consequently the price consumers pay for milk at the grocery store.
"They've had ample opportunity to get this thing resolved and they haven't," says Bob Strasser who has been farming dairy cows for most of his life.
If Congress doesn't approve an extension to the Farm Bill by Jan. 1 it would mean prices paid to farmers for a gallon of milk would revert back to 1949 standards. Farmers would actually get double the cash for their milk since those standards were set when cows had to be hand milked. But that would eventually mean consumers could be paying $8 or $9 for a gallon of milk at the grocery store.
"I see the big picture and if milk went from $4 to $8 at the grocery store we lose customers that we would never recover, never," Bob adds.
On Friday lawmakers in the House and Senate agriculture committees met to work on a short-term extension to the expired U.S. farm bill, and plan to vote on the extension by Monday, the final day of 2012.
Bob hopes that will happen but isn't confident in lawmakers ability to work together to help him out.
"I don't want it to happen but I don't have a lot of confidence in Congress."