Howrigan Sugarhouse, 2009

The Howrigan family’s sugarhouse, in Fairfield, billows smoke while boiling sap in this file photo from 2009. A new report from the USDA shows a decline in maple syrup production across the state and the nation. 

New statistics have just been released from the US Department of Agriculture. They show a decline in Maple Syrup production across the state and the nation.

The report cites poor sugaring weather, which included a run of 70 degree days during prime sugaring season, and low sugar content in tree sap as being largely responsible for the decline. 

Here are some numbers from that report: 

21%: The 2021 Vermont Maple syrup production totaled 1.54 million gallons, down 21% from 2020. 

50-75%: According to Allison Hope, Director of the Vermont Maple Sugarer's Association, producers reported 1/2 to 3/4 of their normal crop this season.

28 Days: The average sugaring season this year, compared with 38 days in 2020. On average, the season lasted 28 days, compared with 38 days in 2020. 

5.90 million: The number of maple taps in Vermont. This is up from 2.12 million in 2003. 

17%: Decline in maple syrup production around the country in 2020. 

2%: The increase in average retail price per gallon to $45.50 per gallon.

You can read the full report here

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