State agriculture officials and maple professionals will hold three public meetings to take comment on the proposed changes (for an article on the confusion around the grading system itself, here’s a pretty good wrap of the whole situation at Farming Magazine) to the maple grading system.
The changes have been proposed to align the Vermont grading system with the standard recommended by the International Maple Syrup Institute. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to provide comment
The meetings are being held by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets in partnership with the Vermont Sugarmakers Association and UVM Extension.
Meetings will be held in October at the following locations:
Oct. 16: American Legion Post 27 at 49 Wilson Road in Middlebury.
Oct. 17: South Woodstock Fire Station on Route 106 in Woodstock.
Oct. 18: Lamoille Union Tech Center on Route 15 in Hyde Park.
All meetings start at 7 p.m.
After a brief presentation outlining the proposed changes, discussion will be moderated by Lynn Coale, director of the Hannaford Career Center and a member of the Agriculture and Forest Products Development Board.
Input from these meetings will be considered for future maple grading standards.
For more information, call Henry Marckres at the state Agency of Agriculture, 828-3458.