Featured Speakers

The Southern Syrup Research Symposium is built on a model designed to focus attention on the unique problems, challenges and opportunities of producing syrup in the Central Appalachian Region. The Symposium brings together scientists that have been working maple and other syrup production issues, to apply their knowledge and perspective to conditions in the Central Appalachians. Friday, September 28th, we will hear from these experts. Saturday, September 29th, is given to dialogue between the scientific experts and syrup producers. Through panel discussions focusing on specific topics, we will work towards a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in our region, and a research agenda to better understand those challenges and opportunities.

 

Invited Speakers include:

 

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Dr. Timothy Perkins

Director, Proctor Maple Research Center, University of Vermont (Sanitation panel co-chair).

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Steve Childs

Sugar Maple Program Director, Cornell University. (Sanitation panel co-chair)

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Dr. Keith Heasley

Mining Engineer and WV Maple Syrup Producer West Virginia University (Production technology panel co-chair).

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Mark Isselhardt

Maple Extension Specialist, Proctor Maple Research Center, University of Vermont (Production technology panel co-chair).

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Dr. John Muncell

Forest Management Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech (Agroforestry and Sap panel co-chair).

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Dr. Jamie Schuler

Silviculturist, West Virginia University (Agroforestry and sap panel co-chair).

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Dr. Doolarie Singh-knights

Resource Economics and Management Extension Specialist, West Virginia University (Entrepreneurship and Marketing panel co-chair).

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Dr. A.L. “Tom” Hammett

Interim Associate Dean, Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech (Entrepreneurship and Marketing panel co-chair).

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Dr. Mike Ferrell

CEO, The Forest Farmers LLC (Alternative tree sap panel co-chair).

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Dr. Abby Van den Berg

Research Associate Professor of Plant Biology, Proctor Maple Research Center, University of Vermont (Alternative tree sap panel co-chair).

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Mike Shamblin

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension, Clay County, West Virginia University (Sweet sorghum syrup panel co-chair).

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Les Ober

Agriculture and Natural Resource Coordinator, Extension Ohio State University (Producer experiences and experiments moderator).

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Stephen Matthews

Landscape Ecologist, Ohio State University (Elephant tamer – Climate Change)