On Tuesday, State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) released the following statement after the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee favorably passed House Bill 418, legislation Rep. Patterson recently introduced to designate March as “Maple Syrup Month”:

“As the peak of Ohio’s maple season draws near, I believe it is important for us to demonstrate our appreciation of this important industry. March is the month when more than 1,500 Ohio families, throughout 80 different counties, work day and night to produce one of our state’s proudest agricultural products. I am excited that H.B. 418 gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about a burgeoning industry that contributes more than $5 million annually to the Ohio economy.”

With the Committee’s favorable passage of H.B. 418, the legislation will now await a floor vote of the full Ohio House of Representatives.

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