Whatcom County dairy farmers continue to get a good price for milk, according to the latest government data.
The uniform price for 100 pounds of milk in the Pacific Northwest was $23.42 in May, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's down from April price of $24.03 but still well above the price of around $17 a year ago. Prices vary depending on what class of milk is being sold.
Local prices began to significantly rise last fall and haven't been at this level before, according to USDA data. A variety of factors have driven up prices, including the California drought as well as reduced hay and forage production, according to an earlier report from Northwest Farm Credit Services.
The increased price is a big deal for the Whatcom County economy because this area produces plenty of milk. In March local cows produced 87 million pounds of milk.