Hopkins, UMaine Study Quoted in BDN Article on Start of Maple Season

A University of Maine maple syrup expert and economics study were mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “LePage opens Maine’s maple season by tapping Blaine House tree.” Maine is the third-largest maple industry in the U.S., generating $17.3 million in annual income for the nearly 600 people it employs, according to economist Todd Gabe’s 2014 study that was funded by the state and the Maine Maple Producers Association, the article states. Kathy Hopkins, a maple syrup expert with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in the article. “We have the trees. If we decide to get organized, get more young people and develop the market — Maine could do anything it wants,” she said of the state’s maple industry.