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There's a reason Wisconsin is called the cheese capital of America. The Badger State produced 227 million pounds of cheese in June. That was one-fourth of the nation's cheese production that month, and a 2 percent increase over the state's production in June of last year.
Milk production continues to improve in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where dairy farmers had a stronger April this year than they did last year. Wisconsin harvested 2.3 billion pounds last month. That's up 4 percent from the total yield in April 2011.
Because even as more consumers are willing to pay premium prices for organic milk, supermarkets are having trouble keeping it on the shelves as high feed and fuel prices have left some organic dairy farmers unable to keep up with demand.
Milk production in the last quarter of 2011 was the lowest on record, says the USDA statistics office. A preliminary tally shows production for the full year may also have been the lowest on record, following an ongoing trend in the state.
A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cubicle by buying a vegetable farm. A nuclear engineer tired of office bureaucracy decided to get into cattle ranching in Texas.
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with veterinary schools at the University of Illinois, University of Georgia, and Kansas State University, has received a grant for $700,000 to develop and implement a National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians.
West Central (Minn.) Tribune / MCT
, October 01, 2011
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