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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or