MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota continue to increase their milk output at rates that lead the nation.
Milk production in Wisconsin rose to 2.24 billion pounds for March. That's a 6 percent increase over the volume it produced in March of last year. It was also the largest rate of increase in the U.S. for the month.
Minnesota dairy farmers weren't far behind. Milk production there increased 4 percent in March, to 797 million pounds. That tied with Michigan for the second-largest rate of increase.
Overall, national output nudged up slightly. Total production in the 23 major dairy states totaled 15.4 billion pounds, less than a 1 percent increase from in 2009.
Wisconsin is still No. 2 behind California. The Golden State produced 3.5 billion pounds last month.