W.Va. sees jump in maple sugar output

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new report says West Virginia’s maple syrup production has nearly doubled in the past year.

According to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture, maple syrup production increased from 8,000 gallons in 2018 to 14,000 gallons during this year’s season.

Maple syrup production season runs from early February through mid-March.

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said in a statement that the state is seeing more people start their own maple syrup businesses.

The report also noted that the average price per gallon of maple syrup has increased more than 20 percent from last year, coming in at $44.60. Bulk prices for maple syrup are also up by 20 cents at $2.90 per pound.

The majority of this year’s harvest was sold in bulk.


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