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Schumer: Farm bill will help NY maple producers

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— Sen. Charles Schumer says the bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill this week includes a measure that will help New York's maple syrup producers.

Schumer says a measure he fought for in the bill would provide federal grants of up to $20 million annually to states that create programs to encourage private landowners to open up their trees to maple tapping.

Schumer says that while there are more than 280 million maple trees with syrup-tapping potential in New York, less than 1 percent of them are tapped.

Schumer's legislation also would also provide grants to states for marketing and research.

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