(4/4/14) For the fourth time in five months, Wisconsin's cheese production is down from the previous year.
The U-S-D-A said the Badger State made just under 215 million pounds of cheese in February. That's about five million pounds less than the same month a year ago, for a drop of two-point-three percent. Wisconsin factories made more Italian cheeses in February. American and Cheddar cheese output was down. Wisconsin remains the nation's top cheese-maker, but second-place California continues to close the gap. The Golden State pumped out 185-million pounds in February -- six-percent more than the month before. Nationally, just over 850-million pounds of cheese were produced in February, down six-tenths of a percent from the same month in 2013.