Maple syrup, tapped tree

The UVM Extension Maple Program provides timely and practical research based information to maple syrup producers and anyone interested in pure maple syrup.

Maple syrup production combines many different disciplines including, agriculture, forest management, plumbing, weather forecasting, food production and small business management.  The UVM Extension Maple Program supports maple producers by providing research-based educational solutions for maintaining sustainable operations with above-average yields of high quality syrup.

Maple News

Maple Syrup Jars

Download the Newsletter: Maple Mainline (PDF, December 2016)

Read the Blog: Vermont Maple Bulletin

Extension Maple in the media: "Climate May Challenge Sugarmakers: Maples at risk from global warming" (4/6/17)

Maple Publications & Media

Maple Sap from Tap

Information for the producer and enthusiast on topics including forest tent caterpillar and backyard sugaring.  Read More >>



George CookGeorge Cook | 866-260-5603 x102

George Cook is a farm safety expert with many decades of experience in maple and operates his own 120-tap sugarbush. His specialties include instructing beginners in efficient maple production techniques, and teaching sugarmakers how to make value-added products such as maple candy and Indian sugar.


Mark IsselhardtMark Isselhardt | 802-899-9926

Extension maple specialist Mark Isselhardt performs original research related to the production of maple syrup. His focus is on issues that are relevant to all producers regardless of the size of operation. Mark works with Vermont's maple producers, sharing research and information to help them ensure long-term tree health, improve management of their sugarbush and increase profitability through higher sap yield, syrup production efficiency and sales. In addition to conducting research and consulting with producers, he is involved in organizing educational meetings including the annual January Maple Conferences.

Upcoming Events

Vermont Maple Conferences

January 21, 2017 School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT

January 28, 2017 Peoples Academy, Morrisville, VT

Listen to an Interview with UVM Extension Maple Specialist Mark Isselhardt about the 2017 Conferences.


August 3-5, 2017 Event Info >>


Maple Syrup Grading Fundamentals:
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