BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Officials in Washington say it doesn't look like a new Farm Bill will be passed before 2014, and the effect could stretch around the nation.
If no law is in place, the government will have to revert to one used in the 1940's, resulting in an exponential dairy price increase on grocery shelves.
"There's a thing called parity. For the milk to get back to parity, you'd have to see prices go up to $4, $5, $6, $7, $8 a gallon." said Chaney's Dairy Barn Owner, Carl Chaney.
Families here in south central Kentucky admit that high prices would frustrate them, but it would certainly be hard to go without milk for very long.
"I would have to buy it, but I would by very little. We'd just get by on what we had to have." said shopper, Dennis Jones.
"Everything we do, from cooking with it, biscuits and gravy, and my kids drinking it left and right. It would really be hard." added shopper, Lisa Rone.
Chaney's Dairy Barn relies on milk heavily for business. They not only produce it, but they use gallons of it in their restaurant every day. Yet they're not panicking. That's because congress has a history of backing the Farm Bill.
"If you remember about 4 or 5 months ago, we were seeing the same thing, but they put an extension out. Then there wasn't a problem and it took away the scare of milk skyrocketing. I really think we're going to see the same thing again." commented Chaney.
Even if an extension or new law isn't signed before the January 1 deadline, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture said it will take the USDA days to make changes to milk prices. That gives congress a little bit into early January before a new deal has to be made.