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Wis. edging closer to Calif. in milk production

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin is slowly closing the gap when it comes to milk production.

California still leads the nation but last month Wisconsin production rose 5 percent compared with the previous January, the highest rate of increase in the country. At the same time, California had a 2 percent drop over the same period.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin produced 2.5 billion pounds of milk in January, 97 million pounds more than in January 2009. But California is still comfortably in the lead, having produced 3.4 billion pounds last month.

Across the country, overall production fell one percent to 14.8 billion pounds.

Other states with large increases included Washington and Minnesota.

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