The Cornell Maple Program

The Cornell Maple Program

The New York State Maple Producers’ Association is continuously grateful for all of the research, information and knowledge provided by the Cornell Maple Program. Helpful resources such as Stephen Childs’ research studies and educational tools are a direct result of the Cornell Maple Program’s efforts. This program has not only advanced association knowledge and interest, but has also helped maple, as a crop, gain more local and national exposure.

 Learn more about the Cornell Maple Program.

We ask our members to consider donating to the Cornell Maple Program endowment, to ensure the continued funding support of these valuable resources.  Here are some commonly asked questions regarding donations.

What address should gift checks be sent?

Please send your donation checks to:

Cornell University
PO Box 258838
Lehigh Valley, PA 18003‐9698

What ‘pay to’ name should be on the check?

Checks should be made out to Cornell University.  *IMPORTANT: Please indicate that your support is for the “Cornell Maple Sugar Research Endowment (fund#487727)”

Are credit card payments be possible?

Yes!  Please call 1-800-279-3099 – one of our members will assist you with the over-the-phone donation process.  During your call, please indicate that the designation is for the “Cornell Maple Sugar Research Endowment (fund#487727).”

You may also contact Ross Evancoe (607-254-8586, for a direct link to make a gift via credit card online.

Are online donations possible?


Is my gift eligible for a tax deduction?

Cornell is a 501(c)3 organization. In most cases, a gift to Cornell is tax deductible. Your individual tax accountant should be consulted.

If you have any questions, or are looking for other options to make a gift in support of the Cornell Maple Program, please contact Ross Evancoe, Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (607-254-8586,

Thank you for your support!

Important Regulations

Important Regulations

New York State Grading and Labeling Regulations:

If you are a producer starting to design new packages, labels, etc., please view the Official New York Codes Rules and Regulations as well as NY Ag & Market’s Food Labeling Guidelines.

NYS approved grade sticker template you can download and print: STICKERS
POSTERS explaining the grade change that you can download and print: NY MAPLE PERMANENT GRADES POSTER

Are you interested in learning what other maple products you can make inside your home? Or maybe you’re looking to acquire a 20-C kitchen license for more complex maple products:

Home Kitchen Exemption
Kitchen 20-C Licensing 

Certain items you sell may require you to collect tax. Find our more about registering as a NY sales tax vendor.

Sage Award for College Juniors in Agro-Forestry

Sage Award for College Juniors in Agro-Forestry

The New York State Maple Producers’ Association (NYSMPA) is pleased to announce a Memorial Award honoring the life time work of the late Roger C. Sage.  For over 50 years, Roger demonstrated a passion and engagement in the maple industry locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.  A goal of the NYSMPA and the Sage Award Committee is to encourage the advancement of students engaged in forestry and related sciences who are addressing woodland-based production with an emphasis in non-timber outputs.  The Sage Award will be given annually to a deserving undergraduate student who has completed the equivalent of their Junior year (90 cr. Hrs.) while enrolled in an approved Baccalaureate program in Forestry, Natural Resources, Food Sciences, Natural Resource Economics or an applicable plant science curriculum.  Priority consideration will be given to applicants who show studies relating to maple syrup or value-added northern hardwood products.


The applicant must:

  1. Be a New York State resident,
  2. Be majoring in one of the curricula identified above,
  3. Possess a 3.0/4.0 grade point average
  4. Complete the NYSMPA Sage Award application,
  5. Provide a copy of your academic transcript (advisor’s copy will suffice)
  6. Present a written statement of career goals and include how this award will assist those goals,
  7. Present a scholarly work (essay) equivalent to a 500 word paper representing an aspect of candidate’s original work,
  8. Provide a resume,
  9. Provide a letter of recommendation from student’s academic advisor
  10. Provide contact information for one additional unrelated reference

Application Forms and Deadlines

Award forms are available from the New York State Maple Producers Association office at 301 Myron Rd., Syracuse, NY 13219 or by going to the NYSMPA website at:  The Sage Award decision will be based on: a points system following evaluation by a committee charged with ranking all submissions.  Emphasis for ranking will include:  Scholastic preparedness, applicant’s involvement in agroforestry (maple in particular), extracurricular activities, application responses and quality of the written essay. The Sage Award Committee will review and evaluate all applications, make a final decision and recommend an award candidate and level of award to the Board of Directors of the NYSMPA.

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