WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Congress has passed a stopgap measure on the farm bill that could help dairy prices, among other groceries, from surging in the next few months.
The national average for a gallon of milk could jump from $3.50 to more than $8.00.
"They need to keep the prices low," said Charles Miller, General Manager at Rodman's Grocery Stores.
The farm bill provides subsidies to farmers allowing them to keep prices lower. If Congress fails to pass a long-term bill beyond January, farmers would not receive those subsidies and their costs would increase. In turn, so would the price of your grocery store milk, cheese, butter -- you get the idea.
"Everything would go crazy sky high. Restaurant prices would be so high they'd go out of business," said Miller.