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Schumer: maple tree tapping could mean more money, more jobs

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WKTV) - New York State isn't living up to it's maple syrup potential, according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

Schumer wants to help out upstate New York maple producers, and is pushing legislation in the upcoming Farm Bill that would provide grants for private tapping, research and education in syrup production.

According to Schumer, New York taps less than one percent of its nearly 300 million maple trees, leaving $82 million in potential revenues stuck in the trees.

"It could create thousands of jobs in parts of rural parts of upstate New York where there's a desperate need for jobs and maple syrup demand is growing greatly," Schumer said. "The price is up and there's not enough maple syrup to meet demand, so we could fulfill that and create some jobs to boot."

Schumer is even encouraging private land owners to open their lands to maple tapping.

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