I'd like to propose a new program... I think I'll call it the Maple Upgrade Act. My idea is that if the State has any money to pass around, they should give it directly to producers, depending on the size of the operation, to fund whatever the next logical upgrade might be. For some this might be as small as new 5/16 taps to replace the old ones. For others it could assist with the thinning of a wood-lot for fuel and sap production. Still larger producers might need road building assistance, or an equipment upgrade.
My point is; This could be done without any study, and with a fairly small staff to look over proposals, and ALL of these ideas and upgrades would create product, commerce, and wealth, and spread the money down here where the real folks live.
They have spent some money in Pennsylvania. I know of three RO's that were purchased with a 80% grant funded by the TAP act. They will also fund other upgrades, but everyone goes for the big purchase.
Last edited by Foremaple; 04-08-2015 at 10:23 PM.
Yes of course, and I'm a big believer in infrastructure investment. My own operation includes a new sugarhouse that will serve my needs for decades to come, and will pay for itself in about 15 years... Still a bit of real, custom-tailored help would be great, especially in a year like 2016 when our season may just start and end in the same week, and my production may not even cover the needs of my own household. With any luck I may see a nickel made for each dollar spent this season.
Update, Nothing new has changed since the Maple Tap Act was introduced. Only one producer in our area may have took NYS up on it they had the Governor and Assembly members visit the sugar house had the media there for photos and local news coverage. From what I could see it was all just smoke and mirrors. But in a way I'm glad NYS has kept it's distance from something we treasure so much with the track record they have they would just screw it up anyway.
Tap'em if ya got'em.
Guess that about sums it up. Thanks Doc.
Tap'em if ya got'em.