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Although the effects of proper forestry often take a while to manifest, it is worthwhile to manage a sugar bush according to Arron Wightman and Peter Smallidge with Cornell University’s Maple Program.
Campbell’s Mapleland Farms, set atop a beautiful Washington County ridgeline with views into Vermont, has a diverse marketing strategy that keeps syrup flowing to some of America’s largest urban centers.
Maple production research by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is helping New York maple producers evaluate and add opportunities to increase sap and syrup production. The northern New York maple industry has grown from a $3.25 million annual industry in 2008 to an estimated $10-plus million industry with room yet to grow.
The 2019 Vermont maple syrup production totaled 2.07 million gallons, up 7% from the previous year, according to King Whetstone, regional director of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northeastern Regional Field Office. Vermont remains the top producing state in the nation.
Nearly 400 maple producers took time out from tapping trees earlier this month to attend the Vermont Maple Conferences, held annually in Brattleboro and Hyde Park.