University of Vermont Extension, Addison County Maple Sugarmakers Association and Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association present the annual Vermont Maple Conferences. These educational meetings bring together maple producers, scientists, and natural resource professionals to share information and research.

More than 20 classes are offered within five “Subject Tracks”: Maple Production and Innovation, Maple Business Management, Regulations and Maple, Sugarbush Health and Marketing and Media.

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2020 Maple Conferences

January 11, 2020

Middlebury High School (Presented by Addison County Maple Sugarmakers)
73 Charles Avenue (Off Court Street/Route7) | Middlebury, VT
Registration Opens:  8:00 a.m.
Welcome, short presentations: 9:00 a.m.
Sessions: 10:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

January 18, 2020

Brattleboro Union Middle School
109 Sunny Acres Road | Brattleboro, VT
Registration Opens:  8:30 a.m.
Welcome, short presentations: 9:15 a.m.
Sessions:  10:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

January 25, 2020

Lamoille Union Middle School (LUMS) East Entrance
736 VT Route 15 West | Hyde Park, VT
Registration Opens:  7:30 a.m.
Welcome, short presentations:  8:15 a.m.
Sessions:  9:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

2020 Conference Details

$10 VMSMA Members | $40 Non-Members
Sponsored by UVM Extension & Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cory Ayotte ( by January 2, 2020 so we may assist you.

Society of American Forester Continuing Education Credits available; fill out attendance sheets.
Hyde Park lunch provided by Green Mountain Technical and Career Center’s Culinary Arts Program. 


Classes are offered in five 'Subject Tracks': Maple Business Management (BUS), Maple Production and Innovation (MAP), Marketing and Media (MAR), Regulations and Maple (REG), Sugarbush Health (SUG), and each class is one hour long.  Attendees do not need to register for specific classes.



Proceedings of the 2019 Vermont Maple Conference



Proceedings of the 2018 Vermont Maple Conference

Proceedings of the 2017 Vermont Maple Conference

Listen to an Interview (audio, 11 minutes) with UVM Extension Maple Specialist Mark Isselhardt about the 2017 Vermont Maple Conferences

Michael LangePlenary Talk: Cultural Responses to Economic Change in the Maple Industry, (audio, 38 minutes), Michael Lange, Associate Professor at Champlain College


George Cook presentation slide thumbBeginning Sugarmaking: Trees, Taps, Tubing and Tanks, (pdf) George Cook, UVM Extension Maple Specialist


Managing sugarbush thumbManaging for a Healthy Sugarbush in a Changing Climate, (pdf) Jared Nunery and Nancy Patch, County Foresters, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation


Drought presentation thumbnailGrowth and Tree Rings: Responses of Northern Forests to Drought, (ppt) Heidi Asbjornsen and Matt Vadeboncoeur, University of New Hampshire


maple leaves on the groundMaple Industry Panel (audio, 54 minutes), Bruce Bascom (Bascom Maple Farm), Emma Marvin (Butternut Mountain Farm) Bradley Gillian (Leader Evaporator) and moderator Mark Isselhardt (UVM Extension)


Sugarbush valuation thumbWhat's a Sugarbush Worth?, (video) Robert Guay, Manager of Appraisal Services, Yankee Farm Credit


Proceedings of the 2016 Vermont Maple Conference

The 2016 International Maple Conference on 'Across The Fence'