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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.

For me, I will be able to understand and discuss more intelligently with all the producers, anything concerning their individual syrup deliveries. –Participant, 2012

Thank you for this class it has been very helpful and informative.  I would definitely take the class again and would have others that help me with my operation also come and highly recommend to others that are in the business. –Participant, 2012

I do not want my name associated with bad syrup. This is an excellent class!!! Should be a requirement! –Participant, 2013

Excellent explanations, exercises and interaction. Far better than reading available material only. –Participant, 2013

2011 Winners of the Golden Maple Leaf

three people getting award

Photo by Alison Kosakowski

The 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.

2015  National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Search for Excellence in Forestry and Natural Resources – National Winner


2015 Schools

maple syrup grading kit

June 16-17, 2015
Berlin, VT

June 16-17, 2015 University of Vermont Cooperative Extension – Berlin County Office.  If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Kathy Hopkins at 207.474.9622 or khopkins@maine.edu. Registration Deadline: June 8, 2015.

October 17-18, 2015
Somerset County, PA

October 17-18, 2015 Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.  If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Kathy Hopkins at 207.474.9622 or khopkins@maine.edu. Registration Deadline: October 9, 2015.

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