- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2020

HIGHGATE, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s maple syrup season got underway officially Monday when Republican Gov. Phil Scott tapped a tree at Gagne Maple in Highgate with help from children from the Highgate Elementary School.

Vermont’s maple industry has led the nation in total syrup produced for decades. For the last three years the maple industry has brought in more than $50 million revenue each year.

“Vermont maple is second to none, and we wouldn’t have the best in the world if it wasn’t for hard working families and sugar makers like the Gagnes,” Scott said in a statement issued by his office. “With Vermont’s leadership and example, maple continues to be a valuable agricultural product and an important part of Vermont’s economy and brand.”

Statistics show that Vermont’s maple industry employs more than 4,000 Vermonters. The state produces nearly half of the maple syrup in the United States.

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