WHAT: State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball and Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Dean Benjamin Houlton will celebrate the opening of the newly rebuilt 4,200-square-foot Arnot Maple Research and Teaching laboratory, which will house the first new maple product development lab in the country.
The project was supported with $500,000 from New York State to facilitate further growth and innovation in New York’s maple industry. A ribbon cutting will follow a tour of the new facility, which includes a brand new state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and increased capacity for research and development of new maple products.
WHEN: 2 p.m., Thursday, July 29, 2021
WHERE: Arnot Maple Research and Teaching laboratory
611 County Rt 13
Van Etten, NY 14889
(please use Google maps, car GPS may not take you to the right location)
WHY: The New York maple industry is a critical component of New York’s agricultural
economy. New York State ranks second in the nation for maple production, producing 804,000 gallons of maple syrup in 2020. New York is also home to the largest resource of tappable maple trees within the United States and more than 2,000 maple sugar makers. The industry has an annual estimated economic impact of $30 million.
WHO: NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball
Cornell University CALS Dean Benjamin Houlton
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
New York Maple Producers Association Executive Director Helen Thomas and other members
Contact the Press Office
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235
The Great New York State Fair
581 State Fair Boulevard
Syracuse, New York 13209