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 Terry Laubisch
Maple Scholarship Announced



Photo by Tom Rivers

It is the intent of the Foundation to promote the future of the maple syrup industry by funding an annual scholarship of $250/student to one or more eligible college students in memory of Terry Laubisch, one of the founding members of the NYS Maple Foundation. Scholarships are awarded based on academic and leadership excellence and involvement in the maple syrup industry.

Speaking for the Foundation Board, President Mike Hill said, “As a result of Terry’s tireless enthusiasm for communicating about the maple industry, public awareness of, and support for, maple production in New York has been greatly improved. Terry was a strong advocate for the high-visibility statewide Maple Weekend promotion and for the syrup judging contest and other educational activities at the New York State Fair.”


Three Schools Win Maple Syrup Contest!

We are pleased to announce the photography contest results and share with you a press release on the contest that can be shared with your local news media and school community. Photography Contest winners will receive $50 to support their future classroom maple activities. Read full press release on winners here.

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Photography Contest Winners

Elementary: Sauquoit Valley Elementary, Ms. Mary Ann Knapp

Middle School: Malone Middle School, Ms. Kitty Eldridge

High School: Photography Contest Winner: OCM BOCES New Visions Environmental Science, Mr. Chad DeVoe

Photo 1 Oakfield-Alabama Elementary Students taste sap fresh from the tree.

Photo 2 Students at Wells Elementary learn how to use a hyrdrometer.

Photo 3 OCM BOCES student oversees boiling in the sugarhouse.


On behalf of both New York Agriculture in the Classroom and the New York State Maple Foundation, we thank you for your participation in this inaugural contest! We hope to have you participate next year.



Foundation Projects Planned for 2017

  • Support for the Cornell Maple Program
  • Donation to the American Maple Museum.
  • Donation to the North American Maple Syrup Council Maple Research Fund that generates seed money for universities and institutions that perform research benefiting the entire maple industry.
  • The month of March in the NY Farm Bureau Foundation's academic year calendar that is distributed to teachers all across New York State.
  • Contribution to the NY Ag in the Classroom Program’s new Schoolyard Sugaring Project.
  • Terry Laubisch Maple Scholarship
The Foundation accepts applications for grants to support maple-related education, communication, and research projects throughout the year. Download from sidebar.


 New York Agriculture in the Classroom


Download 2016 NYS Maple Foundation Annual Report


"New York could soon be a world leader in maple syrup. The maple task force released a report that finds if New York tapped as many of its maple trees as some other leading states, like Vermont, it could lead in maple syrup production."

View full story on WENY-TV News >>>

Highlights of 2010-2015 Foundation Accomplishments

Farm Fest

Over 800 6th grade students participated in the Oneida County Conservation Education Days. The two day event, held on September 2015, was a huge success. Student learned about wildlife, invasive species, recycling, sporting activities and maple trees as an important renewable resource. A program identifying native species of maple trees, discussing photosynthesis and pressure inside the trees was given by Remi Link of Link Maple Farm.

In 2012, the Foundation sponsored permanent Maple Education Trail Signs at the NYS FFA Oswegatchie Educational Center in Crogan, NY. These signs provide historical information as well as interesting maple facts that visitors can read as they walk along the trail and tour the facility.


NYC Trip

In April 2011, hundreds of students from five different elementary schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx had an opportunity to learn about the process of maple production from tapping a tree to canning maple syrup from Billie Pickert of Springhill Maple Farm. Her educational trip was partially sponsored by the NYSMF. For the littlest Pre-K children, finger plays and songs about the maple tree kept their attention, while the older students learned about the science involved in making syrup.  Most adults as well as students were surprised to learn it takes at least 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. Children were able to “tap” a tree and experience firsthand the two ways to gather sap: buckets and tubing.  All enjoyed her power point presentation that “invites” everyone into the process from the sugarbush to the sugarhouse through pictures on her farm. 

2100 pieces of Pure NY Maple Sugar were served in the box lunches at the commissioning of the USS New York into the US Navy Nov. 7, 2011, in New York City.

The USS New York(left) is made from 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center. It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. The ship's motto? 'Never Forget'.

NYS Maple Task Force Report 
released by NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets

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2017 Directors (as elected 1/6/2017)
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Mike Hill, Valley Road Maple Farm (Upper Hudson) (Term Expires Jan 2019) 518-623-9783



David Campbell, Mapleland Farms(Upper Hudson) (Term expires Jan. 2020) (518) 854-7669



Remi Link, Link Maple Products (Lewis Co.) (Term expires Jan. 2018)




Remi Link, Link Maple Products (Lewis Co.) (Term expires Jan. 2018)

(315) 336-3030


James Hotaling, Smokey Hollow Maple Products (Central) (Term expires Jan 2018)

(315) 689-9833


Dan Weed, Schoolyard Sugarbush (Central) (Term expires Jan. 2019)

(315) 567-9900

The mission of the NYS Maple Foundation is to plan and coordinate training for beginning and established maple producers in order to increase their efficiency and competitiveness; to inform and educate the public in order to increase awareness and appreciation of the diversity and quality of the state's maple products, of how maple products were made in NYS historically, of how that process has changed over time, and the environmental sensitivity with which sugar bushes are managedand syrup is produced; and to identify and support maple-related research.