Milk production in the top 23 dairy states rose by 0.3 percent in April compared to the same month a year earlier, according to the “Milk Production” report released by the USDA on May 20.

Across all 50 states, milk production increased by 0.2 percent.

Once again the Upper Midwest states posted healthy gains, with Wisconsin up 1.3 percent, Minnesota up 1.8 percent and Michigan up 1.3 percent.

California, the country’s No. 1 milk-producing state, was down 0.2 percent.

This is an abbreviated milk production report from the USDA. Initially, the USDA suspended the report and several others in the wake of the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. However, the department reversed its decision and announced that it would provide partial milk production estimates through September.

April milk production up 0.3 percent