Good news from New York State: the Maple Tap Act made it through the Senate today as part of the nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill. Senator Chuck Schumer notes that the legislation reminds us that New York maple syrup is “more mapley.”

Vermont Sen. Pat Leahy disagrees.

There’s one thing on which we can all certainly agree: the farm bill has the unmistakeable scent of pork.

Also passed as part of the farm bill was the Small Brew Act.