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Impact on the Maple Syrup Industry

What difference has the grading school made for the industry?

  • Grading and/or quality violations in the state of Vermont decreased 35% over the two production seasons since the first school was held.   In 2004, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets had 70 violations for quality or grading.  Violations dropped to four in 2006.
  • Newsletter articles on quality and grading issues have been printed in state newsletters in Ohio, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut.
  • Grading reference cards have been printed by Maine, New Hampshire and New York.  These cards are a quick reference chart of information for producers or packers with correct temperatures for boiling and packing, light transmission standards for the different grades as well as correct Brix and Baumé density levels.
  • Extension educators from Cornell who attended the school adapted the format to present a series of one-day schools in New York for New York producers.
  • A one-day intensive workshop designed specifically for Department of Agriculture inspectors was held in Maine.
  • Numerous half-day “Highlights of Grading” workshops have been held in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont.