Wisconsin cheese makers are coming off their most successful year in at least the last three. The U-S-D-A says the Badger State produced three-billion-239-million pounds of cheese in 2016, five-point-five percent more than the previous year — and it’s the state’s largest annual increase since at least 2013. The total production of American cheese held steady from 1992 through 2016, while the demand for Italian cheese more than doubled — reflecting a lot more popularity for pizza and pasta dishes. Wisconsin is the nation’s top cheese producer by far. Its total output grew by 449-thousand pounds, or 16-percent during the five year period ending last year.