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.
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