MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The rate of milk production continues to slow in Wisconsin and Minnesota, even as other states show moderate improvement.

Wisconsin produced 2.2 billion pounds of milk last month, down a fraction of a percent from the same month last year. Production fell 2 percent in Minnesota, where dairy farmers harvested 761 million pounds.

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The slowing rate of production in the two states continues a trend that has persisted for several months. Other states, however, are on an upward trend.

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The greatest rate of increase was in Texas, which produced 816 million pounds for the month, a 7 percent increase. California is still No. 1 overall, generating 3.5 billion pounds for a 3 percent increase.

Nationwide, dairy production in April rose 2 percent to 15.5 billion pounds.

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