September 10, 2009

Contact: Michael Farrell, NNY Maple Specialist, Cornell Uihlein Forest, 518-523-9337

September 23rd Webinar Invites Landowners to “Get Involved with Maple”

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 reduction.”

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 mlf36@cornell.edu 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