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Maple Syrup Production is Back at SUNY Cobleskill

Written By Editor on 12/19/21 | 12/19/21

As SUNY Cobleskill welcomes students to enroll for the Spring 2022 semester, a familiar option returns to the course offerings after a short absence: Maple Syrup Production will once again be offered through the College’s Plant Science department in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


The electives course will expose students to multiple facets of maple and other tree sugar industries and expand upon the student’s interests and prior knowledge. Topics include the science of sap flow, sap collection methods and systems, sap processing, syrup qualities and characteristics, economics of syrup production, value-added products, and marketing of maple products.


Offered as an elective in the Plant Science department, the maple course is consistent with the department’s mission to train students to be the managers and decision-makers for feeding future generations and sustaining the plants on which we depend. 


“We are delighted to once again offer a maple syrup component to our diverse student body. Maple is an important agriculture commodity in New York and throughout the Northeast, and our students will benefit from the exposure to its science and processes through this course,” said Dr. Timothy Moore, dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources at SUNY Cobleskill.  


Adjunct Professor Keith Schiebel will be teaching the ten-week course, which takes place during the heart of the maple production season. “The opportunities to explore the growing maple industry with the next generation of agriculturalists and maple enthusiasts are endless. It is an exciting time to be engaged in this expanding and significant agriculture industry,” said Schiebel. 


For more information, please get in touch with SUNY Cobleskill Admissions at or 518-255-5525.

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