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New Updated Website

Come February 1, 2015 we will be moving our website to a new domain.  Please visit us at


Chenango Area Fall Maple Tour

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County will be sponsoring a tour of two area maple producers to see some of the latest innovations in maple syrup production. The tour will be led by Cornell University Maple Specialist Steve Childs and educators from CCE Chenango. The tour will include:

Stop 1:  Lew Ward’s operation in Smithville Flats to view his new wood chip fired maple evaporator, highlighting how to reduce energy costs in maple production.

Stop 2:  Gary Cole’s maple syrup operation in Broome County to look at the updated vacuum and sap storage systems, and a Vortex arch and Steam Away devices.

Additionally: Steve Childs will provide information on the latest research about tubing diameters; back check valve spouts, and much more.

Bag lunch will be provided. Meet at the Norwich CCE Building at 99 North Broad Street at 8:00AM or meet at Ward’s at 9:00AM.  Cost for this event is $7.00.

Please register no later than noon time on Friday October 17.

For more information or to register call (607) 334-5841 ext. 19.


You Tube Link 

As some of our viewers may have realized the YouTube link provided in our newsletters and on this website are not correct anymore.  We had a technical mishap and the provided link below will take you to the grazing videos and other agricultural videos posted on our YouTube Page.  We hope to get the custom URL link up and working correctly soon.  Thank you!

CCE Chenango County


Maple Producer Listings Wanted

Here at CCE Chenango we are planning on developing a "Guide to Maple Producers in Chenango County" highlighting maple producers who have products for sale. This will be similar in nature to our Direct Marketing Meat Producers Guide. We need the following information: Name of producer or business name, township you are located in, mailing address that includes street address, phone numbers, email addresses, and website addresses if you have them, as well as the types of products that you have for sale. One or two good digital photos that would highlight your business would be useful too.  If you need assistance with photos we can come and out and shoot some for you.   

Anyone who produces sugar maple products and who would like to be listed in our guide contact Rich Taber at 607-334-5841 ext. 21, or email at


Maple Sugarbush Improvement Workshop

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension Center, 99 North Broad Street, Norwich NY

Who may attend: Anyone with an interest in improving their maple sugarbushes.  People from all areas and counties are welcome to attend!

Date: Tuesday evening,  June 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00p.m.

Presenters: Peter Smallidge, Cornell University Extension Forester, and Rich Taber, Grazing/Ag Economic Development Specialist, CCE Chenango

Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required by calling 607-334-5841 ext. 11 by Monday, June 16.

Maple syrup production starts in the woods, called a sugarbush, and these trees are the factories that produce maple sap through the process of photosynthesis.  Correct management of the sugarbush will help maple producers optimize their production to ensure trees remain healthy and productive for a long time.  Knowing how the sugarbush grows, and which trees are important for productions are necessary skills. This workshop will teach maple producers how sugarbushes grow, how to measure the sugarbush, how to recognize healthy and productive trees, and which trees to thin to improve sap production.  We will begin at the CCE Center in Norwich and then travel to a nearby woodlot for demonstrations of maple tree thinning and directional felling.