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Our Mission:

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:

2020 New York Maple Conference

This year’s Mid-Winter Maple Classic will take place on January 3rd and 4th, 2020 at the NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Friday’s general admission registration and trade show opens at 4:00 PM with workshops beginning at 5:00 PM. Friday night’s program will also include a used maple equipment and supplies auction at 6:00 PM. To register maple items for the auction, send a written, detailed description of the equipment to before December 15th. Information on auction items will be made available via email request after December 26th. Auction service fee will be 15% of auction price paid by seller. Auction participants MUST be registered for Friday night’s conference in order to receive a bid number and participate in the auction.

NEW THIS YEAR – Join us Friday night from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM for a special Maple Wine, Beer, and Spirits Seminar and Social. The evening will feature samples of maple beverages served with hors d’oeuvres and live music as a celebration of our 25th Year. Be sure to include this option on your registration to receive a souvenir commemorative glass.

Saturday’s general admission registration opens at 7:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. Workshops begin at 9:00 AM. For a complete listing of workshops, check the New York Maple Producers Association website or Cornell University Maple Program. For overnight accommodations, we have reserved a “maple block” of rooms at the Quality Inn (same hotel as last year), 100 Farrell Road, just 5 minutes from the Fairgrounds. Cost of the rooms starting at $65.99 per night. Phone number is 315-457-8700. Please request accommodations using the maple block.

General pre-registration for this year’s event is $25 for Friday night, $40 for Saturday, or $50 for both days and includes Friday night dinner, Saturday continental breakfast, and Saturday lunch. Friday night Maple Wine, Beer, and Spirits Seminar and Social is additional $10. Deadline for pre-registration is December 1st. Credit card payments may be taken over the phone by calling Paulette at 315-335-3075.. There is a $5 per person processing fee for credit cards. From December 1st through 24th, late registration an additional $10 per person. No registrations after December 24th.

2020 NY Maple Conference Information

2020 NY Maple Conference registration form

The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to offer an introductory course in maple syrup production as part of a new suite of online courses.  This online course covers all the basics of maple syrup production.  For more information, visit the Cornell Small Farms Program website by clicking here.

Maple Wine

Did you know that maple syrup can be used to make a delicious wine?  The Cornell Maple Program now has detailed information and instructions for maple wine production available for free download.  These guidelines provide background information on choosing the right yeast, fermentation dynamics and amendments to improve flavor. Information regarding regulations and licenses for commercial wine production is also outlined.   Just click the link below:

Maple Wine Production





New Resource for Beginners

Cornell’s popular maple notebook series has been expanded to include a notebook for those new to the maple industry.  The Maple Syrup Production Beginner’s Notebook is available for free download on the Downloadable Publications page linked in the menu bar at the top of the page.  This guidebook provides information on a broad selection of topics essential for new maple producers.  

Beginner Notebook 1st Edition









Check the Maple Program Calendar for upcoming events in your region. Updated 7/9/2019


The Cornell Maple program has produced a series of videos covering a wide variety of maple related topics.  The videos can be accessed on YouTube by searching for Cornell Maple or by clicking here.

Maple Syrup Production for the Beginner by Stephen Childs and the Cornell Maple Program is now available on youtube.  This video series provides an overview of all aspects of maple syrup production.


Marketing Maple

The following video, produced by the Cornell Maple Program, provides an overview of marketing concepts useful for maple producers.

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