Wisconsin continues to narrow milk gap with California
MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin is still No. 2 in the nation in milk production but it continues to chip away at California's lead.
Wisconsin produced 2 billion pounds of milk last month. That's about 100 million more pounds than it produced in February of last year, a 6 percent increase.
Meanwhile, California continues to struggle. It produced 2 percent less milk last month compared to February 2009.
Still, the Golden State maintains a firm hold on the nation's top spot. Dairy farmers there produced 3 billion pounds of milk in February.
California and Wisconsin account for one-third of U.S. milk production.
Minnesota produces about 5 percent of the nation's milk supply. Its farmers harvested 700 million pounds last month, a modest 1 percent increase over the same period a year ago.
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