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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. 

Join us for the 2021 Maple Conferences

Participants may register for online-only for $10 (daily sessions, Weds., Dec. 8 through Fri., Dec. 10) OR the in-person (Sat., Dec. 11 at Vt. Technical College)/online combo for $25.  Topics include small-scale production, food safety, maple quality, welcoming visitors, sugarhouse certification, a tradeshow and much more! Download the Conference Brochure for more details.  

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2021 Maple Season Wrap-Up

Transcription of podcast (PDF)

2020 Maple Season Podcast

Transcription of podcast (PDF)

Maple production and forestry discussion on Vermont View Point with Ric Cengeri, WDEV Radio 1/28/21

Transcription of podcast (PDF)

How to Make Sugar on Snow 

Maple in the News

Maple Syrup Jars

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

Recent Articles

Maple Info & Publication Archive

Maple Sap from Tap

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

This database is a searchable collection of articles, videos, tools, and other resources about all aspects of maple syrup production. Use keywords to refine the search results.  For example use keyword “beginner” if you are looking for basic information on making maple for the first time.

Maple Career Development

Students tap tubing for maple

Maple Educational Materials

Careers in the Vermont Maple Industry on 'Across The Fence'



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.

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Upcoming Events

Info on the new tubing recycling program: Listen Now.

Tapping Maple Trees for High Sap Yield

Stained Wood


Maple Syrup Grading Fundamentals:
Flavor, Density, Color & Clarity