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2014-2015 Officers and Directors

Officers

Moe Rheaume, President
Rheaume & Sons
1146 West Shore Road
Salisbury, VT 05769
352-4556
rheaume@sover.net

Andy Hutchison, Vice-Pres.
Mr. Pleasant Sugarworks
1627 Shackett Rd.
Leicester, VT 05733
247-3117
info@mountpleasantmaple.com

Barbara Rainville, Sec/Treas.
Airy Glen Sugarworks
598 Browns Road
Lincoln, VT 05443
453-5797 (h)
rainvb@wcvt.com


Directors

Mike Christian '14
Village Sugarworks
505 Main St.
Orwell, VT 05403
948-2101
mchrist@cvps.com

Don Dolliver '16
Brown Hill Sugarworks
1027 Big Hollow Rd.
Starksboro, VT 05487
453-3794

Doug Dwy '15
790 Rte 73
Brandon, VT 05733
948-2772
dwym@shoreham.net

Bob LaDuc '15
LaDuc Acres
32 Royce Hill Rd.
Orwell, VT 05403
948-2681
sugarman54@live.com

Bill Scott '14
170 Green St.
Vergennes, VT 05491
877-3469
wjscottjr@myfairpoint.net

Maurice Trayah '16
Trayah's Rolling Hills
2131 VT Rte. 17
Starksboro, VT 05487
453-6100
trayahsrollinghillfarm@yahoo.com


State Director

Maurice Trayah/p>

Join us for a day of interactive maple education for all sizes of producers!

2014 Addison County Maple Seminar

Saturday, January 11

Middlebury Union High School (off Court Street), Middlebury, VT
Registration begins at 7:30 am • Sessions begin at 9:15 am
Complimentary morning coffee, tea and maple cream doughnuts will be served


Learn to Make Better Maple Syrup! Talk with Experts!
Keep up with Trends! Share experiences! See new technology!


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Registration at the door:
$45 per person (includes hearty lunch)
or
$30 per person (no lunch)

For more information, call Barb Rainville at 802-453-5797. Send payment to ACMSA, 598 Browns Road, Lincoln, VT 05443


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Schedule

8:00-8:45Registration, Coffee and Doughnuts
9:00-10:15Welcome (in Auditorium)
State of Industry Discussion: Economics, Effects and Concerns about a Growing Industry
(Producers, Packers, and Financial Presenters will be included)
10:30-11:45Session I
11:45-1:30Lunch and Trade Show
1:30-2:45Session II
3:00-4:15Session III
4:15Have a Safe Trip Home

Session I 10:30-11:45

Auditorium
How Small Is Too Small to Tap A Tree
Dr. Abby van den Berg, Proctor Research Center
Growth rates of trees tapped with high-yield sap collection practices—are Conservative Tapping Guidelines sustainable? Are existing tapping guidelines appropriate to use with current sap collection practices that enable the collection of much greater amounts of sap? This study examined the growth rates of trees from 18 Vermont sugarbushes that were tapped with high-yield sap collection practices, developed an interactive model of the tapping zone, and investigated whether the current Conservative Tapping Guidelines are appropriate to use with these practices.

Classroom—E Wing
Replacement and Cleaning on Sap Yields and Net Profits
Dr. Tim Perkins—Proctor Research Center
It is well established that tubing and spout sanitation practices have large effects on sap production. Replacement of droplines, use of new spouts, check valves, and tubing/spout cleaning all produce increases in sap yield. Each of these practices also come at a cost, therefore the resulting net profit (gross profit minus cost) will vary tremendously. This presentation will explore results of studies investigating the effects of different replacement and cleaning strategies on the amount of sap producers can expect to get out of their woods, as well as the projected net profits they can put in their pocket, based upon the strategy used, and will introduce a tool to help producers choose the approach that best fits their operation.

Classroom—E Wing
New Grading System
Henry Marckers, VT Agency of Agriculture and Matt Gordon, VMSMA Executive Dir.
A discussion of the new system. What it means to sugarmakers, consumers and packers. The reasoning behind the change. What are the next steps? Time line? Available Supplies?

Choir Room
Filtering for a Good Product
Brad Gillilan—Leader Evaporator
Filtering is extremely important throughout the sugaring process. Whether filtering sap or syrup learn what you need to do to make the highest quality final product for your buyers—consumers or packers. Brad will discuss the new clear filter press and have some demos.

Drivers' Ed Room
Effective Tubing Design and Set-Up
JR Sloan
How to get the best out of your tubing set-up. From mainlines to drops, learn the best practices of how to set up an efficient tubing/vacuum system. Get tips whether your woods are flat, steep or somewhere in between.

Session II

Auditorium
Remaking Maple—A Potential High Yield Method of Sap Collection
Dr. Tim Perkins, Proctor Research Center
The last twenty years have seen tremendous improvements in the materials and methods that maple producers use to collect sap from their woods, with the result that yields are considerably higher than they were a short time ago. Despite this, syrup yields on a per acre basis are relatively low, and the availability of well-stocked maple stands in some production areas is limited. Development of high-yielding traditional sugarbushes with traditional methods is a long-term endeavor and fairly costly. This presentation will outline a new method of collecting sap that can be applied to both naturally regenerating dense maple stands as well as plantations of maple saplings that requires less land and has yields greatly exceeding those possible with current methods.

Classroom—E-Wing
Beginning Sugarmakers
Bill Scott, FFA Emeritus
In this two part session, Bill Scott, FFA Instructor Emeritus leads beginning sugarmakers from the tree to the sugarhouse, discussing taping, tubing, filtering basics and other techniques. The second session reviews boiling techniques, best practices when it comes to drawing syrup off, filtering, grading and canning.

Classroom—E-Wing
Is 3/16" Tubing the Answer to Vacuum Systems?
Roundtable Discussion—Andy Hutchison, Moderator
New experimentation shows great promise in getting vacuum without the equipment when using 3/16" tubing. Sugarmakers Art Kruger and Miles Tudhope, each having very different sugarbushes, will discuss how the tubing worked from them. Tim Wilmot, Proctor Research Specialist, will speak from his controlled experiments at the Proctor Research Center.

Choir Room
Maple Confections
Ruth Goodrich, Cabot
Many producers sell their product in bulk, but there is a great market for value added products. Ruth will demonstrate some of the more interesting ways to use maple. Go beyond cream, candy and granulated sugar.

Drivers' Ed Room
Boiling 101
Glenn Goodrich, Cabot
Glenn will explore the best practices for boiling no matter if you are the backyarder or a 50,000 tap operation or burning with wood, oil or other fuel.

Session III 3:00-4:15

Auditorium
Remaking Maple—A Potential High Yield Method of Sap Collection
Dr. Tim Perkins, Proctor Research Center
The last twenty years have seen tremendous improvements in the materials and methods that maple producers use to collect sap from their woods, with the result that yields are considerably higher than they were a short time ago. Despite this, syrup yields on a per acre basis are relatively low, and the availability of well-stocked maple stands in some production areas is limited. Development of high-yielding traditional sugarbushes with traditional methods is a long-term endeavor and fairly costly. This presentation will outline a new method of collecting sap that can be applied to both naturally regenerating dense maple stands as well as plantations of maple saplings that requires less land and has yields greatly exceeding those possible with current methods.

Classroom—E-Wing
Beginning Sugarmakers
Bill Scott, FFA Emeritus
In part two of this session, Bill Scott, FFA Instructor Emeritus reviews boiling techniques, best practices when it comes to drawing syrup off, filtering, grading and canning.

Classroom—E-Wing
Voluntary Sugarhouse Certification
Henry Marckers, VT Agency of Agriculture, Matt Gordon, VMSMA Executive Director, Kurt Kling and Tom Gadhue, Addison County Sugarmakers
Learn how to become certified, whether your operation is large or small. Henry and Matt will discuss the guidelines and criteria for certification. Kurt and Tom will offer input as to their experiences and what they had to do to meet the certification standards. Kurt has an established traditional operation and Tom's operation has been recently established.

Choir Room
Filtering for a Good Product
Brad Gillilan—Leader Evaporator
Filtering is extremely important throughout the sugaring process. Whether filtering sap or syrup learn what you need to do to make the highest quality final product for your buyers—consumers or packers. Brad will discuss the new clear filter press and have some demos.

Drivers' Ed Room
Effective Tubing Design and Set-Up
JR Sloan
How to get the best out of your tubing set-up. From mainlines to drops, learn the best practices of how to set up an efficient tubing/vacuum system. Get tips whether your woods are flat, steep or somewhere in between.