September 10, 2009
Contact: Michael Farrell, NNY Maple Specialist, Cornell Uihlein Forest,
September 23rd Webinar Invites Landowners to “Get Involved with
On September 23rd, in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension,
the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, New York State
Maple Producers Association, and New York Forest Owners Association, the
Cornell Maple Program will host a webinar for landowners considering
getting involved with maple syrup production. The live webinar – with
sessions at 12 noon and repeating at 7 pm – will cover the options of
becoming a new maple producer making syrup and-or value-added maple
products, leasing trees to an existing maple producer, or tapping your
trees and selling sap.
The webinar is being organized and run by NNY Maple Specialist and
Cornell Uihlein Forest Director Michael Farrell and Cornell Maple
Program Director Peter Smallidge.
Farrell says “A recent survey of 1,600 New York landowners indicated
that more than half were interested in utilizing their maple trees for
syrup production if it would allow them to reduce their property taxes.
This webinar will discuss the details of agricultural assessment and how
maple production could qualify a landowner for a property tax
The webinar will also help landowners identify whether or not their
property is suited to maple sugaring and the economics of utilizing
maple trees for timber or syrup production.
A high speed internet connection and pre-registration at
www.forestconnect.info are required to participate in the webinar.
Contact Farrell at 518-523-9337 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For those unable to view the webinar, a series of seven workshops in
October will take the “Get Involved in Maple” outreach effort into
communities in Northern New York, namely Lake Placid, Chazy, Westport,
Watertown, Lowville, Malone, and Canton.
Landowners interested in maple production can meet other maple producers
and talk to equipment dealers while viewing the latest maple technology
at the 2009 New York State Maple Tour, centered in Lake Placid,
September 27-29. The Sunday evening trade show and reception is open to
the public – a $10 entrance fee includes hors d’oeuvres. See
www.nysmaple.com for details. #
Cornell Cooperative Extension Contacts for Northern NY:
• Clinton County: Amy Ivy, 518-561-7450
• Essex County: Anita Deming, Emily Selleck, 518-962-4810
• Franklin County: Carl Tillinghast, Richard Gast, 518-483-7403
• Jefferson County: Mike Hunter, 315-788-8450
• Lewis County: Michele Ledoux, 315-376-5270
• St. Lawrence County: Steve VanderMark, 315-379-9192