Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) introduced an amendment to promote maple syrup production on Thursday.
The Hill reports:
The amendment (#2427) was introduced by Schumer on Thursday to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (S.3240).
The amendment allows the secretary of Agriculture to introduce grants to states and tribal areas in an effort to promote maple syrup production through education and research, natural resource sustainability within the maple syrup industry, market production and efforts to expand maple sugaring activities. The secretary can also issue grants to states and tribal areas that make land available for “maple-sugaring activities.” …
The amendment isn’t the first piece of maple syrup legislation Schumer introduced. In November 2011 Schumer, along with five other senators, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), introduced a bill that outlawed selling fake maple syrup. The Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (MAPLE) Act made selling fake maple syrup a felony offense with a penalty of up to five years in prison.