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Yakima Valley farmers weary about proposal to stabilize milk prices

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash.- Senator Patty Murray and other leaders are proposing an act to help the dairy industry. It's called the Milk Price Stabilization Act.

Much of the country depends on Yakima County's dairy industry. While the price of milk dropped in the last few years, dairy farmers say its slowly improving.   

"For dairy farmers…currently it's in the 14 dollar range where most guys break even but a few years back it was up to 20 dollars for a 100 weights," said Bill Scheenstra, a dairy farmer in Sunnyside.

To get the price of milk back up to $20, state leaders are sponsoring the Milk Price Stabilization Act. It would control the amount of milk being produced so the supply doesn't exceed the demand. The problem is not every farmer wants that.

"I would love to avoid highs and lows, it could be a roller coaster ride, but sometimes with those roller coaster rides there are opportunities," said Scheenstra.

Farmers say this could become more controversial as the act becomes more of a reality. It is still in the first stage of developing and is being reviewed by the Senate Agriculture Committee.