January is Winter Meeting Time

Ohio’s longest running OSU Extension Maple Event is; Ohio Maple Days. Originally this program was started by the Geauga County Forestry and Maple Syrup Committee, which was part of the OSU Cooperative Extension. Going back into the Geauga County Extension files they show that the first Maple Institute was held in 1940. The committee was started in the 1930’s. During the 1940’s to the 1970’s there was actually two winter programs in Ohio. The maple Institute in Geuaga County and a similar program was held in Morrow County. That program was held in December and the Institute was annually held on the 4th Thursday in January. Over all of those decades the program was only cancelled once and that was during the great blizzard of 1978. The speaker was stranded in Chardon for a week.   The meeting name was changed to Ohio Maple Days shortly after the millennial when the program took on a statewide presence. For over 10 years Dr. Gary Graham has been the organizer. His programs are always interesting and he has had some of the top experts in the field of maple education and research as speakers. This year is no exception.

Ohio Maple Days will be held on January 17,18 & 19, 2019. The featured speaker will be Dr Tim Perkins Director of the Univ. of Vermont, Proctor Maple Research Center. Dr. Tim is a native Vermonter and he has been involved in maple production all of his life. He holds degrees in Environmental Science, Geology and Botany. During his Tenor at the Proctor Center he has published over 100 scientific and maple industry publications. His research focusing on maple tree physiology and ecology as well as maple sanitation has made him one of the foremost experts in the field of maple production today. This year he will give an overview of the research currently being done at the Proctor Center and Dr. Tim will also talk on spout and tubing sanitation in 5/16 and 3/16 tubing. The program will also include updates on the FDA Regulations from ODA Food Safety Supervisor Dan Milo. Rounding out the Program will be Dr. Gary Graham with the Popular Maple Nuggets.


Thursday, January 17 – Morrow County Lutheran Memorial Camp 2790 State Route 61

Fulton, Ohio 43321

Friday, January 18 – Wayne/Holmes County Mennonite Christian Assembly Church

10664 Fryburg Road Fredericksburg, Ohio 44627

Saturday, January 19 – Geauga County

Huntsburg Community Center

12396 Madison Road

Middlefield, Ohio 44062

Contact: OSU Extension 75east Clinton St. Suite 109, Millersburg Ohio 44654                        330-674-3015



The NW Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association will hold their annual meeting on January 26, 2019 in Saegertown Pa. This year they have invited Mike Rechlin West Virginia Department of Agriculture Maple Commodity Specialist to speak on Tapping South of the Mason Dixon Line. Making syrup in the southern regions of the maple belt is on the rise. Not only maple but alternative syrups like Birch Walnut and yes, Sycamore. West Virginia now has a thriving maple syrup industry and that led Mike to put together the Southern Syrups Research Symposium. This two-day event turned out to be more than a showcase for southern syrup making. It brought together an all-star cast of maple experts from all over North America. It also covered topics like climate change, tubing sanitation and other problems which have made syrup making more of a challenge for everyone. Mike will go over what he and others learned at the symposium and the future of the event. For more information on the meeting and to register go to http://www.pamaple.org


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