Wisconsin cheese factories continue to have a smaller increase in its production than the nation as a whole. The U-S-D-A says the Badger State made 272-million pounds of cheese in August, one-point-five percent more than the same month last year — and that lagged behind the national increase of two-point-three percent. Wisconsin made almost five-percent more mozzarella and other Italian cheeses last month, while Cheddar production went down by almost three-percent. Wisconsin continues to be the national leader in cheese, with 26-percent of the nation’s total production — same as this time last year. California is a distant second.