As part of a grant investigating tubing/spout cleaning, the UVM Proctor Center and Cornell Maple Program are conducting a survey on sanitation approaches used by maple producers. It is very important that we get as much participation as possible to demonstrate to the granting agency that we are working with maple producers on this project.
Please distribute the message below to members of your association or conference attendees via any email list and/or association newsletters. The survey will end in June 2014.
Best wishes for a great 2014 season.
Tim Perkins, UVM Proctor Maple Res Ctr
Improving Profits for Maple Producers Through Tubing Sanitation LNE13-326
Microbes on spouts or in the maple tubing system hasten taphole drying, resulting in reduced sap yields for maple. The University of Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center and the Cornell University Maple Program are conducting a joint, multi-year USDA Northeast SARE funded research and education project investigating the effects of spout and tubing sanitation strategies (replacement and/or cleaning) on sap yield and profits. One component of the project is seeking maple producer input and information to assist in both the development of the research as well as to tailor the outputs to meet the needs of the industry. Future funding for maple research is partially continent upon successful completion of this study. Therefore we need your help. The survey linked below is intended to provide information about this project, to gather some basic information from maple producers, and assess maple producer interest in this project. No personal information (name, address, contact info) is collected in this survey, and it will take only a few minutes to complete. You should only complete this survey if you are a current maple producer.
Please complete the survey bygoing to: http://alturl.com/5birp
Questions may be directed to: Timothy.Perkins@uvm.edu