MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont maple syrup producers are assessing the damage to the trees in their sugar woods caused by last week’s ice storm.
Federal Farm Services Agency offices have begun taking applications for the Emergency Conservation Program for maple sugar makers.
State officials say the affected areas appear to be mainly in Lamoille, Orleans, Franklin, Chittenden and Washington counties.
The emergency funds can be used to help cover the cost of debris removal in active sugar woods.
The agency is also investigating whether the special practice funds can be used to help replace maple tap and tubing that were already prepared for spring tapping.
The program can help pay to move debris off of the tubing and open up sugaring access roads or trails.