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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is adopting new grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards. Maple producers say it’s needed so that consumers have a better understanding of what they are buying.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is revising the grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards so that consumers have a better understanding of what they are buying.

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New York State has edged out Maine to keep its spot as the nation's second biggest producer of maple syrup.

   Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape. They are the “go to” network linking farmers and the Berkshire community; through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food.

This year’s Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner will take place on March 24 at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA. Area chefs will celebrate the first harvest of the season with a five-course dinner created using maple products from regional maple producers.

Here to tell us more about Barbara Zheutlin, the Executive Director of Berkshire Grown and Melissa Leab from Ioka Valley Farm.

   The Sugarmaker’s Companion is the first guide of its kind addressing the small-and large-scale syrup producer seeking to make a profitable business from maple, birch, and walnut sap.

This book incorporates valuable information on ecological forest management, value-added products, and the most up-to-date techniques on sap collection and processing. It also looks at an integrated sugaring operation, interconnected to the whole-farm system, woodland, and community.

Cornell University operates a maple research forest in Lake Placid. The manager of that sugarbush, Michael Farrell, has written a new book: The Sugarmaker’s Companion: An Integrated Approach to Producing Syrup from Maple, Birch and Walnut Trees looking at the management and economics of sugaring.

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Consumers will soon be unable to purchase “Vermont Fancy” maple syrup. That’s because the state is adopting a new grading and labeling system that officials say better describes the product.

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At a sugarhouse in northern New York, New York’s senior Senator announced he is introducing legislation to increase maple production across New York State.

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Senator Charles Schumer was at the Parker Family Maple Farm in West Chazy in northern New York on Monday.  He stopped there to announce legislation he is introducing to boost syrup production in the state.  While there, owner Earl Parker gave Schumer some fresh syrup, which New York’s senior Senator drank from the bottle.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal agriculture researchers will again be doing a census of New York maple syrup production in April and May.    

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state ranked second to Vermont in last year's survey of producers in 10 states. Inspectors will collect information about the number of taps, yield, prices and the overall value of the maple products from New York. The results will be released in June. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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