The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service or NASS has released the crop totals for the 2020 maple season. Vermont let the US again in total production with 2.2 million gallons. That is 50% of all the syrup made in the country. Vermont sugar makers also produced more syrup per tap than any other state with .361 gallons of syrup per tap. This is more than 20% higher than the US average. NASS is the official entity responsible for measuring agricultural products. NASS's stated mission is to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Each year sugar makers from around the U.S. fill out a volunteer survey. Questions range from how many taps do you have, when did you begin collecting sap, how long was the season and how many gallons of syrup did you produce. Collectively, the answers to these questions provide the most accurate statistics available for maple production. However, the accuracy is only as good as the data being entered. If new operations come on-line or producers do not fill out the survey, NASS has to rely on estimation to fill in the gaps. For those with privacy concerns it's helpful to know that by law, NASS is not allowed to share the data collected from producers with any other governmental agency.