Tree Tapping Ceremony

Richard A. Ball today joined the Delaware Academy FFA for the first maple tapping
Posted on 03/05/2020
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The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball today joined the Delaware Academy FFA in Delhi, Delaware County for the first maple tapping of the season to promote New York’s maple industry and encourage participation in Maple Weekends across the State. Maple Weekends events and activities take place March 21-22 and 28-29, 2020, and special events and promotions continue throughout the month of March.


Commissioner Ball said, “Maple season is finally underway, and the sap is flowing in many parts of the State. This is a perfect time to visit a local NYS Grown & Certified maple producer, find out more about the syrup-making process and enjoy some of the finest sweet treats available.  Our maple industry not only ranks as second in the nation in production, but it’s also a tremendous contributor to our local communities and economies.  I encourage everyone to support our maple businesses and participate in Maple Weekends.”


Students at Delaware Academy FFA welcomed the Commissioner and held a ceremonial maple tapping event before touring the school’s sugarhouse.  The Delaware Academy FFA Maple Producers was established in 2003 by a group of dedicated FFA members and community members and has been a member of the New York State Maple Producers since 2018.   


Delaware Academy Central School District FFA Advisor and CTE Agriculture/Technology Teacher Tina Miner James said, “The Delaware Academy FFA Maple Producers has grown its program to include 1,400 taps in our sugarbush located on the village property behind the school and at our members’ homes.  We have invested in our operation with a new evaporator, stainless steel tanks and machines to make cream and candy.  Our maple program is fortunate to have the help of local producers and distributors who assist us in acquiring supplies and equipment.  Our success is attributed to the countless hours beyond the school day that our members and supporters dedicate to our program each year.”

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