More locally produced milk could be on store shelves if a new proposal goes through.
The state's Board of Agriculture tentatively approved a measure that would allow local milk producers and processors to negotiate their own prices for milk. Right now, the prices are fixed and regulated by the state.
Local producers say more flexibility in the prices will make it easier for them to compete against mainland milk producers and further saturate the local milk market.
"It will be good for the industry in the sense that it will promote sustainability for the dairies, especially for the dairy on the Big Island and the one that's going to be built on Kauai," said Grant Tomita of the Department of Agriculture.
The proposal will go through a public hearing before the board takes a final vote.