Raw Milk Farmer Success Story Shows There is a Market for $24 Gallons

One Oregon dairy farmer’s raw milk is in such high demand that she is able to sell it for $24 per gallon and has a waiting list of eager customers.

Her success can likely be attributed to her commitment to produce high-quality raw milk and other farm-fresh products (and being within a 30 minute drive of Portland probably doesn’t hurt, either).

On David Gumpert’s blog, The Complete Patient, he writes that “…she is a great illustration of how working diligently and publicly for safe raw milk can be a big business booster. [She] pushed hard to become the first certified dairy member of the Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI) in 2012, and is also on its board…She is limited in her production by Oregon’s three-cow limit on raw dairies, or she would likely be serving many more than the 100 regular customers she currently has.”

At a time when there are all too many sad stories about small farms being targeted by health officials or put out of business by Big Dairy, this success story is uplifting and inspiring. Read more about what she’s doing to encourage other farmers on The Complete Patient.

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Oregon Farmers Win Battle to Advertise Raw Milk

Raw milk farmers in Oregon and free speech supporters all across the country won a victory in February 2014 when the state of Oregon agreed not to enforce a ban on advertising the sale of unpasteurized milk.

Currently, the on-farm sales of raw milk in Oregon are allowed but advertising is not. As a result, dairy farmers have been unable to mention on their websites and in email campaigns or flyers that they offer the product or how much they sell it for. While this can have a damaging impact on sales, it also means that many farmers are wasting precious time responding to individual queries about pricing or production.

In November 2013, dairy farmer Christine Anderson filed a suit against the Oregon Department of Agriculture, claiming that the ban on advertising violated her right to free speech. She says she was prompted to sue after a state inspector visited her farm in 2012 and told her that the raw milk prices listed on her website constituted advertising. Finally, last month, the Oregon Department of Agriculture agreed to settle: Anderson will dismiss her suit and, in exchange, the director of the Department of Agriculture will ask the state Legislature to repeal the ban.

“Now I’ll be able to put information on my website about our production, with the prices,” Anderson said. “And I won’t have to spend hours a day responding to people’s questions about our milk and how we produce it.”

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