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Deadline For Public Comment

Deadline: Nov 12, 2013

The deadline for public comment has expired. Contact the agency or primary contact person listed below for assistance.

Rule Details

Rule Number: 13P037
Title: Maple Products Regulations
Type: Standard
Status: Adopted
Agency: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Legal Authority: 6 V.S.A. ยง 487
Summary: Vermont needs to update the maple grading regulations to be consistent with changes in U.S. and Canadian grading standards. The changes will also allow the darkest grade of syrup to be legally sold in retail containers, which is not allowed in the current regulations. Vermont will retain the higher minimum density standard, allowing Vermont Syrup to retain the reputation for maple flavor.
Persons Affected: Consumers of maple syrup, maple syrup producers, maple syrup dealers and processors, Vermont Maple Sugarmakers Association, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
Economic Impact: The changes in Federal regulations in the U.S. and Canada will create a level playing field between all maple producers. Vermont producers will benefit from changing the Vermont maple regulations by having the ability to market the darkest grade of syrup in retail containers, currently not allowed under current regulations. This will increase the value of this type of syrup from bulk price for reprocessing to a retail price of about double the value. The changes will also make syrup easier to grade, changing from 5 color grades to 4, saving producers time and money. There will be no additional cost, as a result of amending this rule, for grade labels, as producers currently must grade their product, and this is only a change in terminology.
Posting date: Sep 25,2013

Hearing Information

Information for Hearing # 1
Hearing date:
10-31-2013 10:00 AM   
Location: 2nd Floor Conference Room, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Address: 116 State Street
City: Montpelier
State: VT
Zip: 05620
Hearing Notes:

Contact Information

Information for Contact # 1
Level: Primary    
Name: Henry Marckres    
Agency: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets    
Address: 116 State Street    
City: Montpelier    
State: VT    
Zip: 05620    
Telephone: 802-828-3458    
Fax: 802-828-5983    
Email: 
henry.marckres@state.vt.us
     
 
   
Website Address:  http://www.vermontagriculture.gov
     
 
   
Information for Contact # 2
Level: Secondary    
Name: Dr. Kristin Haas    
Agency: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets    
Address: 116 State Street    
City: Montpelier    
State: VT    
Zip: 05620    
Telephone: 802-828-1056    
Fax: 802-828-5983    
Email: 
kristin.haas@state.vt.us
     
 
   
       

Keyword Information

Keywords:

Maple
Maple Syrup Grades
Syrup
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