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For Massachusetts Maple Weekend, state, local officials to tour Berkshire County sugarhouses Sunday


A representative from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will join local legislators for a tour of Berkshire maple sugarhouses on Sunday.

MDAR Commissioner Ashley Randle, State Senator Paul Mark and State Representative Smitty Pignatelli will visit three farms in Dalton and Williamstown to learn about the Berkshire maple industry. Massachusetts Maple Producers Association Coordinator Winton Pitcoff says the objective is to show both the economic benefits and challenges inherent to the maple world.

“Energy and land costs are more expensive in Massachusetts than they are anywhere else in the country, and that makes it very difficult for farmers to sustain themselves just based on selling the products they raise,” Pitcoff told WAMC.

It's Maple Weekend throughout much of the WAMC listening area, including Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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