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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.

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.