(2/5/14) Wisconsin, the nation's top cheese maker, produced less cheese in December than a year ago.
According to new U-S-D-A figures, cheese plants in the Badger State pumped out almost 241-million pounds of cheese in the final month of 2013. That's down one-and-a-half percent from the same month in 2012. California, the second-largest cheese producer, saw its output rise by three-point-seven percent from the year before. The Golden State made 202-million pounds -- up from 195-million the previous December. Wisconsin's decrease bucked the national trend. Total U-S cheese production was 973-million pounds for December, an increase of two-point-three percent from the year before. For 2013 as a whole, the national cheese output also grew by two-point-three percent.