Milk prices will increase across the province next week. Part ofthe increase will go to farmers and part to milk processors. Itmeans that consumers may pay an additional eight cents for alitre of milk. Dairy farmers will receive an additional five cents per litre fortheir product. The Nova Scotia Natural Products Marketing Councilapproved the increase, which will come into effect on Tuesday,Feb. 1. Processors are expected to add three cents to the cost of a litreof milk in order to cover rising costs of processing anddistribution. The dairy farmers’ portion is part of an increase announced bythe Canadian Dairy Commission in December 2004. The five centsper litre will cover increasing farm costs, as well as farmrevenue reductions resulting from the closure of the UnitedStates border to Canadian cattle. The Natural Products Marketing Council is an independent agencyof the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Thecouncil oversees nine farm marketing boards, including DairyFarmers of Nova Scotia, which sets the farm price of milk,subject to ratification by the council. The price of milk under the Nova Scotia school milk program willnot increase.