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Bottles of the different grades of maple syrup produced at Uihlein Forest last year line the sugar shack's window.  Photo: Todd Moe
Bottles of the different grades of maple syrup produced at Uihlein Forest last year line the sugar shack's window. Photo: Todd Moe

Schumer: Farm bill will help NY maple producers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer says the bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill this week includes a measure that will help New York's maple syrup producers.

Schumer says a measure he fought for in the bill would provide federal grants of up to $20 million annually to states that create programs to encourage private landowners to open up their trees to maple tapping.

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Schumer says that while there are more than 280 million maple trees with syrup-tapping potential in New York, less than 1 percent of them are tapped.

Schumer's legislation also would also provide grants to states for marketing and research.

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