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. Read the most recent Maple Mainline for details on the upcoming virtual Maple Conference Week, December 6-11.
The UVM Extension Maple Program provides timely and practical research based information to maple syrup producers and anyone interested in pure maple syrup.
Recap of Jan. 2020 Maple Conferences
Maple in the News
Talking about Maple on Bennington Today Show - with Mark Isselhardt, March 2019
From Sap to Syrup: Maple Production Today - Podcast from The Farm Report featuring Mark Isselhardt
Quality Control in the Sugarhouse, Mark Isselhardt - supplement to the Maple Syrup Digest, June 2018 (PDF)
Read the Blog: Vermont Maple Bulletin
- Event will feature 20 different classes, The Maple News, 2017
- Understanding the relationship between tree size and yield. Perkins, T., M. Isselhardt, and A. Van den Berg. 2 pages, 2017.
- A snapshot at sugarbush lease rates in Vermont. Isselhardt, M.L. (8/17)
- Climate May Challenge Sugarmakers: Maples at risk from global warming (4/6/17)
Maple Info & Publication Archive
Information for the producer and enthusiast on topics including forest tent caterpillar and backyard sugaring. Read More >>
Maple Career Development
Maple Educational Materials
- Maple Mini Manual (PDF)
- Maple CDE Guide - Full (PDF)
- Students Take Part in Maple Making Competition (PDF)
Careers in the Vermont Maple Industry on 'Across The Fence'
Mark.Isselhardt@uvm.edu | 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.