Meetings next week on change to Vt. maple grading

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Public meetings are planned this week in Vermont on a sticky issue _ a proposed change to the state's grading system for maple syrup.

The change would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada.

Vermont's syrup would go from Grade A Fancy to "Golden Delicate." Grade A Medium Amber would be called "Amber Rich."

Supporters say the new standards would give consumers a better description of what they're buying.