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Pure maple syrup is a traditional natural product unique to North America. The Cornell Sugar Maple Program exists to improve the production and use of maple products by working with producers, consumers, and others interested in this fascinating local product. This website supports that goal by providing:

    • Maple syrup production information for the general public, syrup producers of all skill levels and educators
    • Information on maple activities including workshops and conferences
    • Information on extension and research projects


Items of Interest:

BF 152: Introduction to Maple Syrup Production
An online course from the Cornell Small Farms Program

January 17 – February 21 with webinars each Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 7:30pm EST.
Maple syrup production is rapidly growing around the Northeast and offers a sound financial opportunity to utilize woodlots. This course explores the range possibilities of maple sugaring on your land – be it for supplemental income or for your livelihood. Also discussed are “alternative” trees for production, including Birch and Black Walnut.

The course instructor, Mike Farrell, serves as the Director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest, a maple syrup research and extension field station in Lake Placid, New York. There he taps approximately 6,000 maples, 700 birch trees, and several dozen black walnut and butternut trees every year, focusing his efforts on the economics of maple sugaring and sustainable development of the maple industry.

The 2017 New York State Maple Producers Winter Conference

Save the date now for the 2017 New York State Maple Producers Winter Conference is set for January 6 and 7. A producer-focused 2017 NYS Maple Conference with practical and hands-on sessions for maple farms to enhance existing and expanding operations.

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