Welch in­tro­duces two bills to boost Ver­mont maple in­dus­try

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Washington, DC

Welch’s sec­ond bill would stream­line the grant ap­pli­ca­tion process for Ver­mont farm­ers work­ing to make sug­ar­ing op­er­a­tions more en­ergy ef­fi­cient. Th­ese grants un­der the Ru­ral En­ergy for Amer­ica Pro­gram (REAP) al­low pro­duc­ers to in­stall re­verse os­mo­sis sys­tems to re­move water from sap be­fore it is boiled down to syrup, a process that greatly re­duces the amount of en­ergy con­sumed in the pro­duc­tion process.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures com­piled by the USDA Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Statis­tics Ser­vice (NASS), Ver­mont led all states in maple syrup pro­duc­tion in 2011 with over 1.1 mil­lion gal­lons pro­duced.

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