Dairy farmers attempt to keep up with milk deficit - KMOV.com

Dairy farmers attempt to keep up with milk deficit

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Getting your hands on some milk, cheese or dairy products could become more difficult over the next few years.

Over the past 15 years the number of dairies has decreased drastically.

Though milk may be cheaper in the store, it's costing farmers more to produce. That means there is a milk deficit of almost 40 billion pounds.

"Our producers produce less milk then our people are actually consuming,” said Dr. Amanda Stone with Mississippi State University. “Which means that's a good thing our people are drinking more milk but a bad thing in that we aren't supporting ourselves."

The deficit is only going to get worse as more and more dairy farmers get out of the business because they can't keep up.

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