MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin has kicked off Vermont's maple sugar season.
Shumlin tapped a maple tree on the Statehouse lawn on Wednesday.
The maple season typically starts when daytime temperatures rise above freezing followed by cold nights.
Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the country. The state produced more than 1 million gallons in 2011, but less in 2012 because warmer weather cut the season short.
And the number of producers has grown sharply from 2,000 in 2002 to about 3,000 now.
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