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Welcome to Maple Syrup Grading School

Welcome to Maple Syrup Grading School

The International Maple Syrup Institute Maple Grading School is for maple producers, bulk syrup buyers, state inspectors, and others needing to accurately grade maple syrup or judge maple product entries at fairs and contests. Quality control issues are also addressed. This school provides a strong scientific base combined with intensive hands-on exercises. This approach enables participants to learn how to grade or judge maple products with confidence.

Over 200 participants have attended the International Maple Syrup Institute Maple Grading School since 2004. They increased their knowledge about grading maple syrup and saved money by increasing their profits, increasing their sales, or reducing their costs.

“The hands-on aspect was awesome! I retain so much more with hands on training and I feel like I am walking away with a lot!” –Participant, 2007

“For me as a small producer and educator, I think the actual grading part is less important than the information about how to be sure we are making high quality product — free of the defects we learned about.” –Participant, 2005

Every one who bottles or make syrup should take this.” –Participant, 2010

This is the best two days of my life since I became a sugarmaker.  Thank you.” –Participant, 2010

Winners of the 2011 Golden Maple Leaf

three people getting award

Photo by Alison Kosakowski

The 2011 International Maple Syrup Institute Golden Maple Leaf Award recognizes outstanding contributions which have helped advance the North American Maple Syrup Industry in at least one of the following areas: research, education/technology transfer, equipment innovation, or product marketing.


2014 Schools

maple syrup grading kitOctober 20-21, 2014
Nova Scotia, Canada

October 20-21, 2014 Wolfville, Nova Scotia at the Old Orchard Inn.  If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Kathy Hopkins at 207.474.9622 or khopkins@maine.edu. Registration Deadline: October 13, 2014.

Tentative agenda

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Or download our Grading School Packet: 2014 registration packet NS

If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Kathy Hopkins at 207.474.9622 or khopkins@maine.edu.