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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E326]
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                         HON. ELISE M. STEFANIK

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                       Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ms. STEFANIK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a time-honored tradition in New York's 21st district. Specialty crop products are a critical part of the North Country's economy, and maple holds a special and delicious place among them. Every year in late winter and early spring, the cultivation of maple tree sap gives residents a reason to celebrate.

New York State is home to the largest resource of tappable maple trees within the United States. Every year, our farms produce thousands of gallons of sap, which will then be made into syrup and other maple products. These products are not only a staple in households across the region, they also encourage tourism and support our small and local businesses.

The benefits of maple syrup production are a source of celebration for communities throughout the North Country. Throughout March, maple festivals are held across New York, with families and friends gathering to enjoy delicious products and attend tours of locally owned farms.

In our district, the Toad Hill Maple Farm has been producing high quality maple products for over 30 years. Utilizing more than 100 acres of land and currently standing as the largest maple producer in Warren County, the system used at Toad Hill can turn 1,000 gallons of sap into 25 gallons of syrup per hour.

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to stand on the House floor today to support our North Country maple farmers. ____________________


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