Even though several states are increasing their rate of milk production faster than Wisconsin is, the Dairy State remains firmly in the nation’s No. 2 spot.
Land O’Lakes isn’t a publicly traded company, nor is it a privately held corporation. It’s a co-operative, established 90 years ago by some 300 Minnesota farmers who had come up with a new way to make butter.
Although most milk-producing states had a good month last month, production lagged in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
State agriculture officials say more than 100 dairy farmers have called it quits so far this year.
Illnesses in seven more people have been tied by the Minnesota Department of Health to the consumption of raw milk from a farm in Sibley County.