Vermont is considering joining with other syrup-producing states and Canadian provinces in adopting a standard grading system for maple syrup.
But some Vermont producers worry the state’s brand will lose its reputation if it doesn’t stand out from the rest.
The standard grading system would also give flavor descriptions, intended to provide more information for consumers.
The USDA plans to adopt the new terms next year.
Vermont will hold a series of public hearings this month, and then the state agriculture secretary will decide whether to adopt the standards.