January 18, 8am–3pmWhere
Mennonite Christian Assembly Church 10664 Fryburg Road, Fredericksburg, OH
Topics to be covered:
FSMA Implementation Update: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is implementing more portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) law. Producers will hear the latest sections of FSMA to be implemented in 2019 and the latest on Registration requirements.
Maple Research Update: The UVM Proctor Maple Research Center conducts a wide variety of research on topics related to maple sap collection, syrup production, tapping guidelines and sustainability, factors influencing the sap flow mechanism and sugar content, and tree health. This presentation will detail some of the recent findings of research and provide the opportunity for producers to ask questions.
Spout and Tubing Sanitation for 5/16” and 3/16” Tubing Systems: Sanitation is a critical factor in achieving high sap yields. This talk will summarize a decade of research on spout and dropline sanitation effects on sap yield and net profit from tubing systems and introduce a model for producers to calculate the results of changes in sanitation regimens in their own operations.
Maple Nuggets: Every year there are lots of important updates and news to share with maple producers. These items will be addressed during this session as well as any questions submitted with the registration forms and not already answered by the speakers.
Testing of Hydrometers & Refractometers: Hydrometers & refractometers are vital in every sugaring operation, so be sure they remain accurate. The papers can shift and readings will be off, which could result in finishing off too low of density and syrup could mold or ferment. If finished with too high of density, the syrup will crystallize. Bring your hydrometers with you to the meetings for testing; that way you know going into the 2019 season you will be finishing your syrup at the proper density.
Pre-registration is required by Jan. 11. Contact: Ashley Gerber 330-674-3015