The State of Vermont has reported that once again Vermont leads the nation in making maple syrup, producing nearly two million gallons this year. It’s cause to celebrate because this means that about half of the maple syrup produced in the United States is made right here in the Green Mountains.
Vermont has led the nation in maple taps since 1916, highlighting the depth and importance of the industry to Vermont’s economy and culture. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Vermont maple syrup producers set 5.67 million maple taps in 2018, which is five percent more than during the 2017 season, and the largest number of taps since 1928 according to their National Agricultural Statistics Service. It was also a long season with sugar makers in the woods on average 52 days. That’s nearly one week longer than in 2017.
Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts said Vermont sugar makers’ commitment and quality stands alone in producing a natural product that’s beloved around the world. Vermont maple syrup production in 2018 totaled 1.94 million gallons, down 2 percent from 2017. The earliest 2018 Vermont sap flow reported was January 12.
In other great Vermont maple news, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $4 million for technical research, extension and market development, and increased efficiency for all maple producing states. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
“Vermont maple is the gold standard across the world,” Sen. Leahy said in a press release. “These investments are a top priority for Vermont, and they will develop new markets and techniques for Vermont farmers who work hard to produce this all-natural Vermont product every spring.”
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