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 Six Maple Syrup Production Seminars Scheduled Across West Virginia


Charleston, W.Va. -- To meet the demand of a growing industry, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) along with WVDA Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture program and the West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association (WVMSPA) are teaming up to offer an introductory maple seminar for aspiring entrepreneurs. Last year, West Virginia's maple industry saw a 33% increase in production as a growing number of businesses are now producing their own brands and selling syrup across the country.
"West Virginia's maple syrup industry is booming. We've gone from just a few producers to dozens in the past decade," said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. "This industry is perfectly suited for veterans, and we hope many will take advantage of one of these seminars."
The seminar will be held in six different locations across West Virginia during September and October including: Charleston (Sept. 9), Bluefield (Sept. 10), Mt. Clare (Sept. 14) Huntington (Sept. 23), Clay (Sept. 24) and Moorefield (Oct. 7). Dr. Mike Rechlin, a WVDA maple commodity expert and WVMSPA board member, will cover topics such as maple syrup in West Virginia, the science behind the sweetness and backyard sugaring. There will also be hands-on activities.
These seminars are free and open to the public. To register, contact Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program Assistant Taylor Ferrell at tferrell@wvda.us or 304-357-5121.
Charleston September 9th: https://goo.gl/bBZXek
Bluefield September 10th: https://goo.gl/BzWmtp
Mt. Clare (Clarksburg) September 14th: https://goo.gl/rpoVWJ
Huntington September 23rd: https://goo.gl/1rGyVg
Clay September 24th: https://goo.gl/WtuJUK
Moorefield October 7th: https://goo.gl/HN3hFw

Contact Information

Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director  cgallagher@wvda.us, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East State Capitol, Room E-28, Charleston, WV, 25305-0170 P: (304) 558-3550 F: (304) 558-2203

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