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Daily Schedule for Middlebury H.S. Jan. 14
7:30 ~ Registration opens; Free Coffee and Donuts
8:30 – 9:00 ~ Welcome (Auditorium)
9:30 – 10:45 ~ Session I
11:00 – 12:15 ~ Session II
12:15 – 1:30 ~ Lunch & Trade Show
1:30 – 2:45 ~ Session III
3:00 – 4:15 ~ Session IV
Turn in evaluations; have a safe trip home.
The Beginning Sugarmaker ~ Bill Scott, FFA
Instructor Emeritus leads 2 sessions – from tree to
the sugarhouse and from the sugarhouse to the can.
Attendees of the second session will also learn about
good quality control measures and what’s good and
bad finished product.
Not In Our Backyard! ~ Speaker from Worchester,
MA area. Woodland pests are coming closer and
closer to Vermont and our sugar maples! Learn what
signs to look for, how to manage your woods to
reduce exposure, and what to do when you see pests in
your woods.
Sugarhouse Inspections ~ Henry Marckres, Chief,
Consumer Protection, VT Agency of Ag. Selling to
major markets or just want to be ready for the next
wave of regulations? Explore what you may need to
do to make your sugarhouse and operation ready for
the next steps.
Update on Current Maple Research ~ Tim Perkins,
Director, UVM Proctor Maple Research Center.
Several studies at the Proctor Center focus on ways to
increase sap yields in vacuum tubing systems. This
presentation will describe current work examining air
(vacuum) and sap transfer in maple tubing.
Taphole Sanitation: How it Affects Sap Yield ~
Tim Perkins. Reducing microbial contamination of
tapholes results in substantial increases in sap
production. This presentation will summarize work
done over the past 5 years examining the effects of
different strategies for spout and tubing replacement
on sap yield, including an economic analysis of the
costs and benefits of different types of changes.
Filtering ~ Leader Evaporator Technician. Filtering
is extremely important throughout the sugaring
process. Whether filtering sap or syrup, learn what
you need to do to make the highest quality final
product for the customer.
“The Game of Logging” ~ G.O.L. Staff. Woods
safety is no game – each year 2 sugarmakers are killed
in accidents in the woods. These accidents do not need
to happen. This session will teach participants how to
see and assess the dangers and hazards in the woods.
High Vacuum Without a Pump ~ Tim Wilmot,
UVM Extension. The sap yield from gravity tubing is
typically about half that of a system using a modern
vacuum pump; however, there may be a better way to
collect sap using gravity. This presentation will show
results of a pilot study illustrating new methods and
materials which can, under the right conditions, lead
to vacuum levels that rival those of the best pumps
Two Taps Vs. One: a Look at Sap Yields ~ Tim
Wilmot, UVM Extension Maple Specialist. Tapping
guidelines emphasize restrictions in the number of
taps in order to reduce wounding, but what about the
potential gain in sap from adding a second tap? This
study examined the sap yield under vacuum from one
tap vs. two in trees averaging 16”-19” in diameter.
Spouts and Tapping ~ Glen Goodrich, Cabot
Sugarmaker. Deciding the best time to tap your
woods and the type of spouts to use is a challenge.
Glen will spend this session discussing his experience
with a variety of products and time of tapping.
Got Visitors? ~ George Cook, UVM Extension. As
sugaring become more of an interest to the general
public, we have more visitors in our sugarhouses.
While we want to share the sugaring experience, these
visitors are often in the way and cause distractions.
Learn how to plan for visitors to heighten their
experience and yours.
Woods Management. This roundtable of
sugarmakers and foresters will discuss road making,
tree selection and cutting, and planning how to get the
best from your woods.
Land Use/ Current Use ~ County Forester. Land
use planning and forest management plans are
important to sugarmakers. Discover how to work with
your forester and write the best plan for your
operation.
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Marketing Your Products ~ Tim Hescock,
Shoreham Sugarmaker. Tim will speak to
techniques, strategies and experiences in successfully
selling a wide variety of maple products through the
web and a print catalog.
Modern Vacuum Systems ~ Speaker TBA. As
technology changes, most vacuum systems are not as
current as they once were. Presenters will show the
most modern technology and best practices of
installation and operation of a modern vacuum
system.
R/O Systems ~ Speaker TBA. The cost/benefits of a
reverse osmosis machine are clear, but which one is
best for you? Once it’s purchased, how do you use it
effectively? Lean how to choose, install and care for
the equipment.
Tim Wilmot
UVM Extension Maple Specialist
A Message from Jacques Couture,
Chairman-elect of the VMSMA
After almost two years of work and planning
by a committee representing all three Vermont Maple
Organizations, a merger vote was approved by
VMSMA members at meetings that took place at 6
locations throughout Vermont.. This merger will go
into effect on January 1, 2012. The committee
unanimously agreed that we should keep the name
Vermont Maple Sugar Makers’ Association
(VMSMA).
What was the driving force that led to this
merger? One would be hard pressed to find very many
folks in the Vermont Maple Industry that could
actually cite what each of the three groups does for
our industry. Imagine the confusion that exists in the
media when they report about Vermont Maple! Who
does what? Who does each group represent? The list
of questions goes on….After much discussion which
actually began 12 or 13 years ago, it seemed that
bringing the three groups under one name would help
to alleviate much of the confusion and unify our
message.
When VMSMA was founded in 1893 there
was only one maple organization that served the
functions that are being addressed by the three present
groups. Over time it seemed that the functions could
be served by splitting up responsibilities. In the early
1950s the Vermont Maple Industry Council (VMIC)
was established. Its mission was to provide a forum
for industry issues to be studied and solved by parties
within our industry, with the help of government or
academia. In the early 1980s the Vermont Maple
Promotion board, later named the Vermont Maple
Foundation (VMF) was formed as a means to separate
the Marketing aspect of VT maple from VMSMA.
Now, here we are in 2011 bringing it full
circle, back to where we were in 1893!
All of the functions of the present
organizations will be retained. The VMIC will now be
called the Vermont Maple Industry Committee. VMF
will be the Marketing Committee. A new set of bylaws
has been approved by the VMSMA membership.
We encourage you all to take the time to read them to
understand the governance structure.
The newly elected board of directors met on
November 16 to begin the transition and to elect
officers for the coming year. The new officers are
Jacques Couture - Chairman, Arnold Coombs Vice -
Chair, Emma Marvin - Secretary, Stephen Tetreault -
Treasurer. These officers along with Pam Green
constitute the Executive committee. Although we have
officer positions for Secretary and Treasurer, Mary
Croft will continue to serve in that capacity as an
employee of VMSMA. For a copy of the new by-laws
and a complete list of directors and delegates, please
go to www.vermontmaple.org
Maple Conference at Middlebury Union High School
Saturday, January 14, 2012
~ Sponsored by the Addison County Sugarmakers Association ~
Name __________________________________________________ ________________
Operation Name: __________________________________________________ ________________
Address: __________________________________________________ ________________
City, State, Zip: _____________________________________________ _________ _________
Phone: ______ - ______ - _________
Email: __________________________________________________ ________________
Name(s) Attending: __________________________________________________ ________________
Pre-Registration is $35 per person if postmarked by Dec 31; $45 per person at the door. Please Note: Registration
fee DOES include lunch. If you wish to just attend the meeting the cost is $15 if pre-registered; $25 at the door.
Number of attendees (meeting and lunch) ________x $35.00 = ________
Number of attendees (meeting only) ________x $15.00 = ________
Filter Aid (50 lb bag) pre-order, $30 at the door. ________ x $28.00 = ________
Total Enclosed = ________
Checks payable to: ACSMA. Return to Barb Rainville, Sec/Treas. ACSMA 598 Browns Rd, Lincoln, VT 05443.
For more information contact: Moe Rheaume ACSMA President, 802-388-4815 or Barb Rainville 802-453-5797
Date Received: _____/_____ Amount Paid: ___________ Check No: ________
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Default Vermont Maple Conferences - Middlebury Schedule

2012 Vermont Maple Conference
Middlebury, VT

Schedule
7:30 – 8:30 – Registration – Free Coffee & Donuts
8:30 - 9:15 – Welcome (in Auditorium)
9:30 – 10:45 – Session I
11:00 – 12:15 – Session II
12:15 – 1:30 – Lunch & Trade Show
1:30 – 2:45 – Session III
3:00 – 4:15 – Session IV
4:15 Have a safe trip home

Session I – 9:30 – 10:45
• The Beginning Sugarmaker – Room E103
In this first part, Bill Scott, FFA Instructor Emeritus leads beginning sugarmakers from the tree to the sugarhouse, discussing taping, tubing, filtering basics and other techniques.

• R/O Systems - Auditorium
Brad Gillian of Leader Evaporator will help you explore the different types of systems. And once it’s purchased how do you use it effectively? Learn how to choose, install, operate and the care and maintenance for the equipment.

• Sugarhouse Inspections & Food Safety Issues – Choir Room
Selling to major markets or just want to be ready for the future wave of regulations and guideline? Henry Marckres, Agency of Agriculture Division of Food Safety and Consumer Protection will explore what you may need to do to make your sugarhouse and operation ready for the next steps.

• Got Visitors? – Room E104
As sugaring becomes more of an interest to the general public, we have more visitors in our sugarhouses. While we want to share the sugaring experience, these visitors are often in the way and cause distractions. George Cook, UVM Extension Service will help you plan for visitors to heighten their experience and yours.

• “Game of Logging” – Driver Education Room
Woods safety is no game - each year on average 2 sugarmakers are killed in accidents in the woods, these accidents do not need to happen. Allan Sands from Northeast Woodlands Training, Inc. will instruct participants how to look and assess the dangers and hazards in the woods.


Session II – 11:00 – 12:15
• Growing Your Business – Room E103
You’ve made it, now how are you going to sell it? Mike Farrell from Cornell University’s Maple Research and Development Labs in Lake Placid will discuss ways to boost your sales through a variety of markets and techniques.


• Filtering – Choir Room
Filtering is extremely important throughout the sugaring process. Whether filtering sap or syrup learn what you need to do to make the highest quality final product for the customer from Glenn Goodrich of Cabot.

• Land Use/Current Use – Room E104
Land Use planning and forest management plans are important to sugarmakers. Discover how to work with your forester and write the best plan for your operation. Chris Olson, Addison County Forester for the VT Dept. of Forest and Parks is scheduled to lead this discussion.

• Modern Vacuum Systems - Auditorium
As technology changes, most vacuum systems are not as current as they once were. Presenters will show the most modern technology and best practices of installation and operation of a modern vacuum system. This presentation will be given by Brad Gillian of Leader Evaporator.

• Update on Current Maple Research – Drivers Education Room
Several studies at the Proctor Center focus on ways to increase sap yields in vacuum tubing systems. Dr. Tim Perkins, Director of UVM Proctor Maple Research Center will describe current work examining air (vacuum) and sap transfer in maple tubing.


Session III – 1:30 – 2:45
• Sugarhouse Inspections & Food Safety Issues – Choir Room
Selling to major markets or just want to be ready for the future wave of regulations and guideline? Henry Marckres, Agency of Agriculture Division of Food Safety and Consumer Protection will explore what you may need to do to make your sugarhouse and operation ready for the next steps.

• Single or Double Tap per Tree? – Auditorium
Tapping guidelines emphasize restrictions in the number of taps in order to reduce wounding, but what about the potential gain in sap from adding a second tap to a tree? Tim Wilmot, UVM Extension Maple Specialist, will discuss a study that examines the sap yield under vacuum from one tape vs. two in trees averaging 16”-19” in diameter.

• Beginning Sugarmaker – Room E103
In this second part, Mr. Scott reviews boiling techniques, best practices when it comes to drawing syrup off, filtering, grading and canning.

• Buying and Selling Sap – Room E104
Mike Farrell, Cornell Maple Research Lab in Lake Placid will discuss the economics of buying and pricing sap. Learn the factors that determine the selling/asking price.

• “Game of Logging” – Driver Education Room
Woods safety is no game - each year on average 2 sugarmakers are killed in accidents in the woods, these accidents do not need to happen. Allan Sands from Northeast Woodlands Training, Inc. will instruct participants how to look and assess the dangers and hazards in the woods.






Session IV – 3:00 – 4:15
• Tap Hole Sanitation: How it Affects Sap Yield – Driver Education Room
Reducing microbial contamination of tapholes results in substantial increases in sap production. Dr. Tim Perkins, UVM Proctor Maple Research Center will summarize the work done over the last 5 years examining the effects of different strategies for spout and tubing replacement on sap yield, including an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of different types of changes.

• Woods Management – Room E104
This roundtable of sugarmakers and foresters will discuss road making, tree selection and cutting, and planning how to get the best from your woods. Roundtable participants include Andy Hutchison, sugarmaker and forester from Leicester, Chris Olson, County Forester and Tommy Lathrop, logger and sugarmaker.

• Spouts and Tapping – Choir Room
Deciding the best time to tap your woods and the type of spouts to use is a challenge. Glen Goodrich, of Cabot, will spend this session discussing his experience with a variety of products and time of tapping.

• No Vacuum Pump? No problem - Auditorium
The sap yield from gravity tubing is typically half that of a system using modern vacuum systems; however, there may be a better way to collect sap using gravity. Tim Wilmot explains the results of a pilot study illustrating new methods and materials which can, under the right conditions, lead to vacuum levels that rival those of the best pumps
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Dr. Tim Perkins
UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr
http://www.uvm.edu/~pmrc
Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu
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