Walker, state leaders celebrate success of Wisconsin cheese industry

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MONROE, Wis. (NBC 15)-- Governor Scott Walker and other key state leaders are thanking cheese makers across the state.

It's part of Wisconsin Cheese Day, a day to recognize cheese producers that are expanding their operations. The governor visited Klondike Cheese in Monroe Monday morning to thank workers for their contributions to the state's economy and dairy industry.

"About 90-percent of the milk we produce in this state goes right into cheese making, so when cheese makers grow, that's good for everybody. Not only the consumers, but it's good for dairy farmers who are looking for places to put their milk," said Walker.

On June 1, Governor Walker signed into law a bill that designates cheese as Wisconsin’s official dairy product. Cheese joins a list of state symbols, including the dairy cow, which was designated the state’s domestic animal in 1971, and milk, which has been Wisconsin’s official state beverage since 1987.

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