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January 27, 2013

Farm briefs: Jan. 27, 2013

Maple School being offered in Brushton

BRUSHTON — Seasoned maple-syrup producers, less-experienced sugar makers or anyone interested in learning the ins and outs of making maple syrup are all invited to the First Annual Franklin County Maple (Producers) Association (FCMA) Maple School.

It will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Brushton Moira Central School. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Information and registration information is available at www.bmcsd.org. Click on the FFA tab at the top of the page. Or, call 483-7403.

Scheduled classes include Maple Tubing for Beginners, Sugarbush Thinning for Improved Growth and Productivity, Ensuring Sugarbush Regeneration, Filtering and Canning, Making Maple Cream and Candies, 20C and Home Licenses Needed for Maple and Marketing, Ag District Property Tax Assessments, Stainless Steel Welding and much more.

Presenters include specialists from Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension, Soil and Water Conservation District professionals, maple-syrup producers and industry consultants.

A trade show will showcase equipment and supplies from several dealers, maple producers will offer products for sale and representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District, the New York Forest Owners Association and the Wild Center will oversee tables with handouts and be available to answer questions and speak with attendees throughout the day. Artisans and craftspeople will also be on hand displaying their skills and their handiwork.

Vendor table space is $10 for those who bring their own table or $20 for those who would like the FFA to provide a table for them. Lunch is extra.

A maple-sugaring equipment auction, which will also feature other items of interest, will get underway at 4 p.m. There is no charge to attend the auction. The fee for selling equipment at the auction is 10 percent of the sale price, charged to the seller. Other terms and conditions apply.

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