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National maple production off 17% in 2021, Vermont off 21%

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — New statistics show that maple syrup production across the country was off just under 17% this year while in Vermont, the nation's top maple producer, production was off by just over 21%. On Thursday, the United States Department of Agriculture released this year's maple production for five northeastern states, Vermont, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Allison Hope, the executive director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, says the low production was due to poor weather, which included a spell of warm weather in March that ended the season early, and a low sugar content that meant producers had to boil more sap to make a gallon of syrup.

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