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Stephen Childs

Stephen Childs

Extension Associate

Fernow Hall
(607) 351-6144

New York State Maple Specialist providing educational instruction and resources to maple producers in New York State. Focus areas include sustainable forest sugar bush management, sap collection and processing technology, product quality improvement and grading, and value added product development.

Research Focus

Sap tubing collection and vacuum system design. Improving the quality and marketing of maple syrup and value added products. Tap sanitation. Evaluation of current maple syrup grading tools.

The Cornell Maple Program conducts research and extension activities with the
goal of improving the production and use of maple products. In support of this mission,
the program initiated and completed projects covering many facets of maple production
during the past year including; sugarbush management, sap collection, sap processing,
value added products, and also hosted education and extension events throughout New
York State. In addition, numerous upgrades were made to Cornell equipment, systems
and facilities to increase and improve research capacity.

Outreach and Extension Focus

Making quality maple value added products. Proper grading of maple syrups. Energy use evaluation and conservation in maple production. Instruction for new and beginning maple producers. Maple sap collection system evaluation and installation.