Recently, Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) urged the House Appropriations Committee to fund the Acer Access and Development Program, which will enhance the growth of the maple syrup industry. The letter requested that the appropriation of funds previously authorized in the Farm Bill to fund the program.
"One hundred percent pure Michigan maple syrup is not only one of the best things for your breakfast table; the sugary treat means jobs for our state. The manufacturing of maple syrup is an important and growing industry in Northern Michigan and promoting these local businesses will create more jobs in our great district. Just last month we had the Michigan Maple Weekend, where more than 30 syrup makers opened their doors to teach the public about maple syrup. Investing in the Acer Access and Development Program will increase production and efficiency in the U.S. maple syrup market through new research and technologies," said Dr. Benishek, a lifelong resident of Northern Michigan.
Michigan currently ranks 5th in Maple Syrup Production in the U.S. In 2013, 148,000 gallons of maple syrup were produced in Michigan. Since coming to Congress, Dr. Benishek has worked hard to enhance job growth and creation in Northern Michigan.