California produces the most milk in the U.S., according to 2021 data from the Department of Agriculture.
California produced 41 million pounds of milk in 2021, accounting for 18.5% of the nation’s total milk production.
Wisconsin ranked the second highest in milk production, producing 31 million pounds of milk in 2021, representing about 14% of the country’s total production.
The next top three producers of milk are Idaho, Texas and New York. Together, the five states account for more than 50% of the country’s annual milk supply.
Wisconsin may not be America’s Dairyland when it comes to milk production, but it is #1 in one milk-related category: cheese. Wisconsin produces 25% of the nation’s cheese, more than any other state.
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DocumentCloud: Milk production by State, USDA
US Department of Agriculture: Dairy Fact Sheet
US Department of Agriculture: United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service