There's no use in crying over spilled milk, unless that gallon cost you $8.
If federal legislators can't agree on a farm bill by January 1, we could spill over the "dairy cliff," and end up paying more for milk.
Dairy farmers get financial support from the government. Without that, a gallon of milk could cost anywhere from $6 to $8.
But Jay House, deputy secretary of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, said that does not mean you need to rush out to the store and stock up on milk.
"There's no reason for panic," said House. "It'll be disruptive, but in the long term, the market will settle out."
Another problem to consider, without a farm bill deal, prices of all other dairy products would go up, too.
House said he is confident Pennsylvanians will not see prices sky rocket. But even if they do, there won't be changes right away -- and they won't last forever.
"It's hard to envision a situation where this worse case scenario would endure for very long. There would have to be a remedy," said House. "Destroying the market is an exaggeration. Disrupting the market is a more accurate word to use."
If lawmakers do not come to terms on a new bill by January 1, they could also vote to extend the old one and buy some time.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:46 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:46:23 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) - The state medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including seven children. Spokeswoman Amy Elliot said TuesdayMore >>
The state medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including seven children.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:15 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:15:19 GMT
The Carlisle Sentinel has put together voter guides for major primary elections in Cuberland County. Carlisle Borough CouncilCarlisle Area School BoardCarlisle Borough Tax CollectorCarlisle MayorWest PennsboroMore >>
Polling places across Pennsylvania opened at 7 a.m. today and will remain open until 8 p.m. as voter cast their ballots in a primary election for municipal and statewide offices. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:03:04 GMT
A 30-year-old man was shot several times in York city late Monday night, according to police. York City Police said Eric Richards, 30, was shot in the abdomen and chest around 11:30 p.m. on the first blockMore >>
A 30-year-old man was shot several times in York city late Monday night, according to police. More >>
Hearing on the radio that a violent storm was approaching her rural Oklahoma neighborhood, Lindsay Carter took advantage of the advanced warning, gathered her belongings and fled. When she returned, there was little...More >>
A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against...More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:58 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:58:03 GMT
Perhaps the most watched race in Tuesday's election is the Democratic primary for Harrisburg mayor. Incumbent Linda Thompson is trying to fight off strong challenges from Dan Miller and Eric Papenfuse.More >>
Perhaps the most watched race in Tuesday's election is the Democratic primary for Harrisburg mayor. Incumbent Linda Thompson is trying to fight off strong challenges from Dan Miller and Eric Papenfuse. Lewis Butts is also on the ballot.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:55:53 GMT
Ron Castille is the chief justice of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court. He will face voters in November in a retention election, which are typically a slam-dunk for judges.More >>
Ron Castille is the chief justice of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court. He will face voters in November in a retention election, which are typically a slam-dunk for judges. Voters will simply vote 'yes' or 'no' on whether to retain Castille for another 10-year term.More >>