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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The registration link and more details about the agenda can be found here. We hope to see you there!