Registration is sneaking up for the Friday & Saturday festivities surrounding Ohio Maple Days.
In order of their occurrence, Mark Cannella is hosting a maple business workshop representing by University of Vermont on Friday, December 9th. Mark is offering this half day workshop with a focus on strategic planning, marketing and managing finances toward profitability. Participants are encouraged to bring any business records and information of their own to apply during the workshop. There are 4 SAF category 1 continuing education credits offered for the day. Space is limited and seats are running out – register now!
Friday evening, you do not want to miss out on the One Sweet Gathering fundraising banquet thrown by the Ohio Maple Producers Association. Register here!
And of course the main event on December 10th, Saturday for Ohio Maple Days. We will meet again at Ashland University’s John C. Meyer Convocation Center for a jam-packed program on all things maple. Updates on red maple research from both Ohio State’s Gabe Karns and the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center’s Abby van den Berg. Add to this other talks on reverse osmosis, marketing and insects impacting maple trees. A maple themed lunch and a vendor room that features a variety of maple equipment dealers, consulting foresters and other associated equipment help round out the day. There are also SAF continuing education credits available for the program. Registration here.
There is a flurry of upcoming maple programming and events to consider.
Of course, the International Maple Conference just concluded up in Lacrosse, Wisconsin held over the latter part of last week and weekend.
Next weekend, the Ohio Maple Producers Association are convening for a great line-up of food, fellowship, tours, and syrup contests. Dates are Nov 4-5 and additional details can be found here.
Just a few days after, Seldom Seen Farm will host a Woodland Wednesday program from 4:00-7:00 PM on November 9th. In collaboration with Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District, Geauga County Farm Bureau, NRCS, and host Seldom Seen Farm, speakers will discuss the relationship between modern forestry and the maple industry. Specific topics will include thinning, tree crown development, soil conditions, and maple tubing in the sugarbush. All are welcome to this free outdoor event that will benefit the landowner and woodsman alike. Please RSVP to Kevin Holy at 440-596-9717 or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lake Erie Maple Expo, the following weekend of November 11 and 12, will host its usual showcase of vendors, talks, and all and everything else maple.
Completing the first half of November flurry, Penn State Extension Educator Brian Walsh will discuss what is known about the spotted lanternfly and observations about maple trees that provide insight as to the impact the insect could have on the industry. Pennsylvania has endured a longer stint of spotted lanternfly infestation than Ohio, and we can learn more about what to potentially expect by seeing what has been learned by our neighbors to the east. Register for the November 16 – 10:00 AM webinar here.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, this fall’s Southern Syrup Symposium has been suspended until further notice. Organizers are working to figure out if a virtual gathering later in the fall can be organized. We will be sure to update when we know more.
This year’s Southern Syrup Symposium needs to be on your radar especially if you are a producer in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or of course Ohio. The Southern Syrup Symposium brings together maple experts from all over, but the programming always has a little special emphasis on maple across the southern geographic tier. This year’s event starts at noon on Friday, September 24th with your choice between 2 field workshops before the full-day program on Saturday, September 25th. Lots of food and fellowship is mixed in throughout. Talk topics cover the gamut from forest management to quality tasting syrup-making tips, climate impacts on maple and research updates – including ours!
Registration is open now and is available here. See you in Morgantown!
We are excited to announce that Ohio Maple Days will be returning IN-PERSON on December 11th after a necessary virtual COVID-19 interruption earlier in January. Mark your calendars for December 11th in Ashland, Ohio, and get ready to rendezvous with maple producers from around the state to hear great talks from excellent speakers, browse a selection of maple vendors, and reconnect face-to-face with your maple community.
Switching Ohio Maple Days to a one-day main event and moving from January to early December is not exactly going back to the way things were pre-pandemic, but the decisions were collectively made after much discussion between Gary Graham, the Ohio Maple Producers Association board, and the rest of the Ohio State maple team.
Please read the following letter from Gary Graham expressing his delight in the 2+ decades of organizing Ohio Maple Days, and his optimism for the future of Ohio Maple Days moving forward.
Stay tuned for registration details in the next month or two. Check back next week to participate in a survey that solicits your topic preference for maple programming at Ohio Maple Days and other events in the future.
Despite being virtual due to COVID-19, 2021 Ohio Maple Days – or more accurately Ohio Maple Day sans the “s” – was a success. The audience, two hundred or so strong, heard presentations on tapping and updates from our ACER grants in addition to how production might be increased with red maple. A big thanks to this year’s speakers and an extra round of applause for the committee who worked hard on an event that looked quite a bit different than in years past. One silver lining to having a virtual event is that the sessions are easily recorded.
Visit the Ohio Woodland Stewards Maple page and scroll to the bottom of that webpage to access the different presentations. Let us know what you think and send us any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions to talk topics for next year!
Join us for the virtual version of Ohio Maple Days on Friday, January 15th! Due to COVID-19 restrictions Ohio Maple Days will take place all on one day and be offered virtually. The event will be recorded and available afterwards for viewing. For questions contact Dr. Gary Graham (email: email@example.com).
The registration link and more details about the agenda can be found here. We hope to see you there!