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Published December 06, 2013, 07:45 PM

If current farm bill expires, milk may cost twice as much

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You may remember the fiscal cliff but have your heard of the dairy cliff?

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You may remember the fiscal cliff but have your heard of the dairy cliff?

You may want to "moo"-ve it to buy your next few gallons if you're running low on milk.

If the current farm bill expires, you could be paying twice as much for this. But health food store owners say this is your golden opportunity to see the silver lining when it comes to milk.

Darby Smith/Co-Owner of Sydney’s Health Market: "Almond milk, soy milk, flax milk The chocolate milk."

Smith: "I drank a half gallon between here and St. Cloud."

Darby Smith, co-owner of Sydney's Health Market in Moorhead, says his business won't be negatively impacted if a farm bill fails to pass.

Smith: "Subsidies don't regulate the price of milk when it's organic milk. So, fortunately, we don't have to worry about our prices going up."

In fact, the normally more expensive organic cow milk may end up at equal or lesser footing in price compared to the stuff you buy in your chain grocery store.

Smith: "This is the good stuff right here. The best selling product in the store. It's the whole milk. So you get all the good stuff, all the good flavor."

An advantage Smith says his Crystal Ball glass bottle milk...

Smith: "it retains the integrity of the milk."

... doesn't even really need.

Smith: "Once you have it you're not going to want any of that other stuff anymore."

So, even though you may have to part with more "moolah" for cow juice...

Smith: "You're not losing the nutritional value."

... you may be able to get quality for your quantity.

The current average price for a gallon of milk is $3.46 a gallon.