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Bipartisan support to add maple products to the federal Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Vermont Business Magazine - Today, US Senators Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined US Representatives Nick Langworthy (R-NY-23) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.-02) in leading their colleagues in the bicameral, bipartisan introduction of the Making Agricultural Products Locally Essential (MAPLE) Act, legislation that supports the maple industry by providing a new market for maple syrup producers while increasing seniors’ access to nutritious, locally sourced maple syrup products. The MAPLE Act would add maple syrup to the eligible products under the Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), which gives low-income seniors access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, and herbs at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs.

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