Press Releases and News
Press Releases and News
July 21, 2015
Members of the NHMPA,
The Board of Directors of the NHMPA would like to announce the appointment of the new Directors and Officer. Jim Fadden of N Woodstock has been appointed as interim President filling out the remainder of Bodie Peters’ term. David Westover of Walpole, Chris Olsen of Portsmouth and Nick Kosko of Union have been appointed to fill out the terms of Tim Robinson, Brad Presby and Dee Linn.
The Board would like to extend a big thank you to all the recently retired members of the Board. They have contributed many years of service and a lot of knowledge during their tenure. The NHMPA Board will continue on with the good work and strive to move the Association to a new level of service to the membership and the maple community.
Please contact any of the directors with comments or concerns.
The NHMPA Board of Directors
Jim Fadden, President – 381-9824 Ben Fisk – 562-6595
Dale Smith, Vice President – 325-5900 Nick Kosko – 842-0416
Bruce Treat, Treasurer – 496-1671 Chris Olsen – 988-6174
Skip Cilley – 562-5496 Howard Pearl – 231-1482
David Westover – 756-4358
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FADDEN FAMILY HONORED BY NH LEGISLATION
February 19, 2015
NH Syrup Production Near Average in 2014
A survey of members of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association indicated a 90% crop produced for the 2014 season. Non vacuum producers experienced a 30-50% decrease in production while vacuum producers averaged an 80-100% crop. The trend among larger producers was an increase in taps set while many smaller producers maintained or decreased taps in the 2014 season as compared to the 2013 season.
Cold weather conditions extending deeply into the prime sugaring time for New Hampshire caused many producers to remain frozen out much later than other years. This year, start times were fragmented into three time frames. In the southern part of the state, temperatures followed the average starting time for boiling, starting in around February 23, with February 18 as the earliest reported date. A break from a persistent frigid weather pattern created sap flow for producers using gravity fed vacuum or buckets, allowing an average start date of March 12. The northern part of the state reported an average start date of March 29, with the latest start date of April 6.
The season ended for most producers around April 12, with some sugar makers experiencing their last boil as early as April 6, and others as late as April 22.
All grades of syrup were made this year with Grade A Dark Amber creating the majority of the syrup, followed closely by Grade A Medium Amber, with Grade B and Grade A Light reported in lesser proportions. A minor amount of Commercial grade syrup was reported.
Overall, the season’s production was nearly a full crop. The persistence of cold weather was instrumental in creating some of the deficit experienced by shortening the season for some producers by 30-50%, but more evidently by limiting sap flow for producers who do not implement vacuum systems in their sugar bush.