Maple Syrup Trade Show Hits WausauSubmitted: 01/11/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

WAUSAU - We all love maple syrup on our pancakes and waffles, but here in Wisconsin it's more than a breakfast staple. It's a booming business.

Today Wisconsin maple producers gathered at the "Winter Maple Institute and Maple trade show" in Wausau.

The show gave producers a look at new technology and tips on maple tree health and climate change.

Wisconsin produced 50 thousand gallons of syrup in 2012.

Although that's down from 2011, producers like Steven Anderson say it's still sweet to be a maple syrup producer right now.

"Our industry is in a good time right now. Things are going well, there's syrup around, there's a lot of expansion going on. For some reason our industry hasn't been as affected as much as others as the recession goes," said Steven Anderson of Anderson's Maple Syrup.

The trade show continues into tomorrow, at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Wausau, with breakout sessions and an auction of maple equipment and supplies.

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