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Wisconsin moves closer to ambitious milk production plan

Cows in a large milking barn
Cows in a large milking barn

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin continues to make progress in an ambitious plan to increase its milk production to 30 billion pounds a year by 2020.

Last month, federal officials said the Badger State had another increase in its milk output that’s above the national average – while top-producing California saw its production drop again.

Wisconsin made just over 2.33 billion pounds of milk in May, up 1.2 percent from the same month a year ago. The national increase was 0.8 percent.

The 23 major milk-producing states saw an increase of 0.9 percent. Fifteen of those states had increases, while first-place California had a decline of 0.5 percent to 3.7 billion pounds.

Wisconsin’s milk-boosting campaign was highlighted earlier this month, when 44 farms received “Grow Wisconsin Dairy Grants” for planning and improvements to make their operations more profitable.

Governor Scott Walker announced over a year ago that the state would help new and current dairy farms hit the 30 billion pound mark by 2020. It would be a 15 percent jump from last year’s output.