The minimum retail price for a gallon of low-fat milk, said the department, will be $3.10, compared to $2.10 in January.
This snip from the linked story takes the (dairyless) cake:
In California, the Department of Food and Agriculture sets the price of milk paid farmers by examining market prices of four commodities, said Kelly Krug, director of the Division of Marketing. These are butter, dry milk powder, whey powder and cheddar cheese.
"If it were a totally free market, the trading of these commodities could translate into the (figure) that farmers get,'' said Krug.