Syrup Flows Better with House Bill
The maple syrup harvest is just around the corner, and Northern Michigan's syrup producers will benefit from proposed legislation encouraged by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is working with its members in maple syrup production on a bill that adds maple sap to the list of agricultural commodities that are exempt from seasonal vehicle weight limits.
"Maple sap is one of the only commodities that's harvested during the winter months, and state laws on vehicle weight limits during those months have limited the number of acres that maple sap farmers could tap into for their product," Government Relations Director Kent Wood said. "Michigan is thought to have enough product to be able to compete with other maple syrup rich regions including Vermont and Québec."
House Bill 4418 passed the state House this week and is headed to the Senate for review.