Farming Magazine - December, 2013

SHOW PREVIEWS

2014 NYS Maple Conference

January 3-4, Verona, N.Y.


Photo by Andrey Gorshkov/sxc.hu.

The producer-focused 2014 New York State Maple Producers Winter Conference will offer practical and hands-on sessions for maple farms to enhance existing and expanding operations. The conference will be held in the same location, the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School in Verona, N.Y., on Friday evening, January 3, and all day Saturday, January 4.

Opportunities include having access to a large trade show with many exhibitors displaying plenty of specialized equipment for meeting maple producers' needs. You will have access to the latest in research and grower experiences regarding maple sap collection, vacuum systems, syrup production, promotion, marketing, filtering, forest management, beginner information and the making of a variety of maple products. The Friday evening auction provides producers with the opportunity to sell excess equipment or supplies, as well as the chance to get a great buy on what others put up for sale.

The conference kicks off Friday evening with a trade show at 5 p.m. and sessions at 5:30 p.m., followed by the third annual maple conference auction. The conference is open to the general public as well as maple producers and is geared to all levels of sugar makers. Saturday's trade show opens at 8 a.m., with workshops starting at 9 a.m.

Registration costs have not gone up. If you preregister, it's $15 for Friday night, $30 for Saturday, and $40 for Friday and Saturday. Registration at the door is $20 for Friday and $40 for Saturday. The conference is sponsored by the V.V.S. FFA, New York State Maple Producers Association, Cornell Maple Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. The V.V.S. High School is located between Utica and Syracuse, N.Y., on State Route 31 just two minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 33.

For additional information, contact Keith Schiebel, V.V.S. FFA advisor, at kschiebel@vvsschools.org. Registration forms are available at the New York State Maple Producers Association website at http://www.nysmaple.com and the Cornell Maple Program website at http://www.cornellmaple.com.

2014 Maple Conference Topics and Speakers


Topic........ Speaker

Friday

Setting up tubing systems........ JR Sloan, Green Mountain Mainlines

Value-added maple product demonstrations........ Michael and Jennifer Parker, Parker Family Maple Farm

Saturday

Setting up tubing systems........ JR Sloan, Green Mountain Mainlines

Energy and efficiency in sap processing........ Rejean Laverdiere and Jeff Goulet, Lapierre

Methods of moving and lifting sap........ Glenn Goodrich, Goodrich's Maple Farm

Managing your RO........ Brad Gillian, Leader Evaporator

Replacement and cleaning effectson sap yields and net profit........ Dr. Tim Perkins, Proctor Maple Research Center, UVM

High vacuum/high sap yield with gravity tubing........ Tim Wilmot, Proctor Maple Research Center, UVM

A re-examination of tapping guidelines........ Dr. Tim Perkins, Proctor Maple Research Center, UVM

25 ways to develop a more profitable sugaring operation........Mike Farrell, Cornell Maple Program

Economics of buying and selling sap........ Mike Farrell, Cornell Maple Program

Remote management of vacuum(producer panel)........ Mike Farrell, Cornell Maple Program

Ideas for industry expansion........Mike Farrell, Cornell Maple Program

Making top-quality maple cotton........Dave, Damian and DwayneHill, Shaver-Hill Farm

Maple sugar candy........Lyle Merle, Merle Maple

Making maple cream for the beginner........Dean and Ruth Esther Delavan, Delavan Farms

Proper storage of maple syrup........Andy deLivron

Looking outside the maple industry to solve our filter press problems........Rick Newman, Breezie Maples Farm

The "beast" of advertising........Kate Ziehm, Atticus, Inc.

Reaching youth........Katie Sue Bigness

Getting the most out of your filter press........ Marty Wendel, Wendel's Maple and More

Proper planting and maintenance of sugar maple seedlings........ Andy Crofter, Crofter's Garden Nursery

Control of American beech in the sugar bush ........ Peter Smallidge, Cornell Extension forester

Two approaches for creating a sugar bush from scratch ........Brett Chedzoy, CCE Schuyler County

Sugar bush thinning, tree growth and sap sugar ........Peter Smallidge, Cornell Extension forester

Silvopasturing........Brett Chedzoy, CCE Schuyler County

Take a trip south and sell, sell, sell maple........Greg Zimpfer, Zimpfer's Maple Products

Keeping records and taking credit cards........Ben Carpenter, Hungry Bear Farms

Beekeeping: Income after maple season........Ben Carpenter, Hungry Bear Farms

Salesmanship: Selling your product and your brand ........Michele Ledoux, CCE Lewis County

The new grading standard........ Stephen Childs, Cornell Maple Program

Getting it right: Grading, labels ........Sharon Hall and Sherri Card, NYS Ag and Markets

Putting together a maple marketing plan........ Stephen Childs, Cornell Maple Program

RO for the very small producer........ Stephen Childs, Cornell Maple Program

Maple tubing for the beginner........ Phil and Hamilton Sage, Sage Family Maple

Boiling with wood chips........CDL Staff