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Pour Some Sugar On Me: Maple Syrup and the Farm Bill

maplesyrup.jpgAdd this to the Senate debate over the farm bill: maple syrup.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a farm bill amendment Thursday to encourage and assist maple syrup production (the real stuff, not the "pancake" syrup that comes in bottles shaped like women).

More specifically, the amendment would allow the Secretary of Agriculture to provide grants to states and tribal governments for research and marketing of maple syrup. Grants could also be provided to encourage landowners to make their trees and property available for the cultivation of the sap.

Maple syrup has experienced a renaissance of sorts, with rising prices and increased popularity among healthy types who use it as natural substitute to refined sugar. (That and Beyonce lost a lot of weight while on a maple syrup master cleanse diet). But is maple syrup in danger and in need of a farm bill boost? Maple syrup advocate Schumer appears to think so; he and five other senators introduced a bill in November that would make passing off fake maple syrup as the real deal a felony offense carrying up to five years in prison.

The farm bill maple syrup amendment is just one of hundreds that has led to stalled discussions on the underlying legislation; it looks like things are getting sticky. 

(Photo: Maple syrup is poured into a test bottle,  Dec. 4, 2009, at the University of Maine's cooperative extension, in Skowhegan, Maine, where syrup producers, buyers and inspectors learned the ABCs of syrup grading. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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