Milk may do the body good, but tax hawks and consumer advocates say a recently-proposed overhaul of subsidies for the dairy industry would fatten up the federal budget and boost milk prices for everyone.

Supporters in Washington, however, say the global recession — which hit the dairy industry so hard that many farmers were forced to cull their herds — has skimmed any incentive to stay in business, and federal help is needed to keep farms from utter devastation.

Milk may do the body good, but tax hawks and consumer advocates say a recently-proposed overhaul of subsidies for the dairy industry would fatten up the federal budget and boost milk prices for everyone.

Supporters in Washington, however, say the global recession — which hit the dairy industry so hard that many farmers were forced to cull their herds — has skimmed any incentive to stay in business, and federal help is needed to keep farms from utter devastation.

Recent letters sent by the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Tax Reform and Citizens Against Government Waste, all conservative groups, as well as the liberal Consumer Federation of America, ask the Super Committee on deficit reduction not to include a proposed Dairy Market Stabilization Program in its bill.