Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy Advances Funding Boost For Maple Syrup Research Program In Bill Approved By Senate Panel

WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, May 25, 2018) — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved $4 million for USDA Acer Access and Development grants in the Senate fiscal year 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The Acer program, created as part of the 2014 Farm Bill that Leahy helped craft and enact, offers grants to organizations conducting research and education related to the maple syrup industry.

The $4 million in funding is a $1 million increase over the fiscal year 2018 for the program and will fund technical research, extension and market development, and increased efficiency for all maple producing states. The bill must now head to the full Senate for consideration.

Senator Leahy said: “Vermont maple is the gold standard across the world. These investments are a top priority for Vermont, and they will develop new markets and techniques for Vermont farmers who work hard to produce this all-natural Vermont product every spring.”

The approval Thursday of the 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill by the Senate Appropriations Committee is the first step toward these funds being signed into law by the President. Chairman Shelby and Vice Chairman Leahy are working through their bipartisan partnership to pass all 12 of the annual appropriations bills this year, returning to regular order and giving the American people more of a voice in the appropriations process.

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