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Many Seeing Increase in Milk Prices

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A big part of the grocery shopping list for a lot of people is milk, and prices are on the rise.

After getting a number of calls into our newsroom, we decided to do some research inside several stores.

We looked at the prices for a gallon of milk, and we found one of the organic brands at more than $7. Sunnyside Farms was the next most expensive, averaging at just under $5. We saw several places sell the local Model Dairy for $4.88. The cheapest was found at Smith's where its store brand costs $3.29, while Mountain Dairy was $3.19.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture runs the Nevada State Dairy Commission. They told us prices are up due to a number of factors, including higher gas prices for delivery drivers, and the demand for milk overseas that reduce the supplies here. They also say the drought has affected crops for cow feed.

"There's going to be less ability to grow crops like we could've in high-water years," said Bob Conrad, Public Information Officer for the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

He says they expect to see the milk prices stay higher through next year. He also says future prices will depend on how next winter will affect our water availability.

We also tried to find out why a brand like Model Dairy can cost so much more than a generic store brand. We called Model Dairy who told us they were not willing to discuss it. We also tried to make contact with several local grocery stores and none of them have returned our calls.

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