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Officials: Ice storm shouldn't affect Vt. maple industry

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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -

Franklin County's disastrous ice storm shouldn't affect Vermont's sweetest industry. That's according to spokespeople for the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association.

The group held its annual meeting Tuesday, and discussed topics ranging from new techniques to the misuse of the term "maple" in some national food products.

Executive director Matt Gordon says December's ice storm did not affect enough producers to alter the market.

"Certainly some people were hit pretty bad by the ice storm, but it seemed to be localized. So, it wasn't overall bad for the state industry, but certainly some people are-- got quite a bit of damage. They'll work through it and if they don't make syrup this year, they'll make it next year," Gordon said.

Towns and a utility affected by the storm are expected to receive federal emergency funds. And maple producers will be able to access assistance from the USDA.

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