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Maple producers get help from Schumer

PLATTSBURGH - The Maple Tap Act, a program designed to facilitate New York State's maple-syrup industry was introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer.

The act would glean $20 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, enabling maple producers to tap more trees, as well as support research, education and marketing of maple-syrup.

Schumer's plan involves encouraging private land owners to let their trees be tapped, as well as including the Maple Tap Act in the Farm Bill, which will be considered next year.

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