Yes, last week, in a narrow 56 to 41 victory, the Wisconsin State Assembly voted to make it official. Lactococcus lactis is now the official state microbe of the Badger State.
It’s quite an honor for the hard-working little bacterium (used to make cheddar, Monterey Jack and Colby cheese) because Wisconsin is – so far, at least – the only one of the United States to name an official state microbe.
There are, of course, a number of other official state whatevers that might raise a few eyebrows. Is this what our state legislators are really doing when they should be doing some real work to improve our schools, our roads, our financial crisis and our quality of life in general? Really?