The 2016 New York State Maple Conference is being held at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School in Verona, New York January 8 to 9. The conference is sponsored by the V.V.S. FFA, New York State Maple Producers Association, the Cornell Maple Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

There will be two programs held on the evening of January 8. One option is a show and tell on making and using maple granulated sugar with a variety of production methods that will be demonstrated as well as the best intended uses for granulated sugar made with different techniques and equipment. Attendees may bring recipes, products and successes to share. The second option is being presented by Glenn and Ruth Goodrich of Goodrich’s Maple Farm speaking on “Making and marketing maple – What has worked for us”.

The VVS FFA will host the fifth annual maple conference auction after these programs. Opportunities include having access to the large trade show with many exhibitors displaying plenty of specialized equipment for meeting maple producer needs. Attendees will have access to the latest in research and grower experiences regarding maple sap collection, vacuum, syrup production, promotion, marketing, filtering, forest management, beginner information and the making of a variety of maple products.

The conference is open to the general public, as well as maple producers, and is geared to all levels of sugar makers. The January 9 trade show opens at 8 a.m. with workshops starting at 9 a.m.

Workshops on the schedule include:

  • Managing the evaporator and automated defoaming
  • 35 BRIX Concentration and Evaporation
  • Managing your vacuum and tubing system
  • Sugarhouse Management
  • Cornell Maple Program Research and Extension Update
  • Do you know you can produce the taste you want for your maple syrup?
  • 3/16″ tubing
  • One combining Tapping Below the Lateral and Red Maple
  • Best tubing systems for top sap production
  • Free or low cost agricultural credit mediation
  • Optimize your Production with a Smart remote monitoring system
  • R/O Proper Wash and Rinse and how to measure proper flow of your R/O machine
  • Super concentration using RO
  • Straight talk on reverse osmosis technology
  • How to Make Money at Sugaring
  • Maple Coated Nuts
  • Making and Marketing Maple Value Added Products
  • Maple Cream for the Beginner
  • Making Molded Maple Sugar
  • Economics of buying and selling sap
  • Maple – A Sweet Tool for Education
  • Using 3/16 maple tubing
  • Getting the most out of your Auto Draw-Off
  • Produce your own individual label in full color
  • Tapping Birch & Walnut Trees for Syrup Production
  • Land as your Legacy
  • Using the internet to market your maple business
  • Experiments with making maple molded candy
  • Pleasure or profit some things to consider before expanding your maple business
  • Basic Sap House Setups and Considerations for the Beginner
  • Emerald ash borer – ecology and practical management advice for maple producers
  • Sugarbush Management
  • Insects in the woods –principles of entomology for maple producers
  • Opportunities in the Maple Beverage Market
  • How to Make the Most of Your Maple Weekend
  • Welding Stainless Steel
  • Maple Plant Anatomy (How does that maple tree work?)
  • Sugarmakers’ perceptions of climate change: Survey results and discussion
  •  The Basic Ins and Outs of Maple Exporting
  • Maple tubing for the beginner demonstration
  • An evaluation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for agriculture and agroforestry