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Producing Maple Syrup

  • November 18, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sinsinawa Mound Conference Center

This conference is designed to offer education to potential producers, backyard hobby producers, and current maple producers in the tri-state region. The aim is to increase knowledge of maple syrup production as a viable non-timber forest product, to increase income from forestlands and assist producers with adoption of new technology etc. Spend the day with local maple syrup producers! For more details on each session please go to


 Time  Activity or Topic
 9:00 am
 Registration – Coffee and muffins
 9:30 a.m  Welcome and history of Sinsinawa Mound
 9:45 – 10:20 a.m  Beginner maple syrup – the basics by Eric Randall, Past President of NAMSC, NY Producer
 10:25 – 11:00 am  Managing your timber for sap production by Jesse Randall, ISU Extension Forester
 11:05 – 11:40 am  How maple sap moves in a maple tree by Eric Randall, Past President of NAMSC, NY Producer
 11:45 – 12:20 pm  Maple equipment (how to scale equipment to # taps, appropriate equipment for #of taps, and how to ensure appropriate room for expansion of operation by Joe Polak, Maple Hollow
 12:20 – 1:30 pm  Lunch (Turkey or Veg Lasagna) **** Preregistration required – See Below ****
 1:35 – 2:10 pm  Value Added Producer Grants, SARE Grants and other funding options for value added maple products by Shannon Hoyle, ISU Value Added Agriculture Program Specialist
 2:15 – 2:50 pm  Sap extraction options (tubing vs buckets) by Joe Polak, Maple Hollow


This is being offered at a reduced rate because of a Specialty Crop Block grant from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

$10 on the day of the event

BUT you must RSVP to Jesse (515 294 1168) or by November 9th to guarantee your meal!

If you leave a message you must provide your name, phone number, number attending, and meal selection. Registrants eat first!


North Menominee Road is 5 miles west of Galena and 7 miles east of East Dubuque on US 20.

Take N. Menominee Road north 5.2 miles (it becomes Co Rd ZZ in Wisconsin)

Turn right at stop sign onto Co Rd Z

Conference center and parking will be on left

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