Tapping Into Our Maple Syrup Identity

Developing maple syrup production and culture in and around Iron County, Wisconsin 

Many in and around Iron County enjoy making maple syrup to share with families and friends, but how many of us have thought about the next step towards developing a maple syrup economy and community identity?

Join the email list and you will receive periodic updates about maple syrup programs and projects happening in the region.

 Tapping Into Our Maple Syrup Identity Email List

Decision Tree for Maple Syrup and Sap Producers for Wisconsin Food Safety Regulations

Wisconsin is the fourth largest producer of maple syrup in the country. Producers of maple syrup products in the state range from backyard hobbyists to large commercial operations with tens of thousands of taps. Whether you only produce a couple of pints for your own table or you make syrup in barrel quantities to sell on the commodity market, food safety is paramount. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is responsible for insuring that maple syrup and other maple food products are produced safely in the state. These requirements come from Wis. Admin. Code § ATCP 87 (Honey and Maple Syrup). Licensed facilities also must meet requirements in Wis. Admin. Code § ATCP 70 (Wholesale Food Manufacturing).

We have developed an online tool to help producers of all size operations determine what food safety licenses and registrations are appropriate for their operation. To use the tool answer the questions that best describe your operation of interest. You are then directed to the appropriate DACTP website for more information on your potential next steps. Not all maple syrup producers need a license to make maple syrup but you should still consider taking a safe food handling class to insure that the maple syrup and foods you produce are made in the safest possible manner.

This is an educational tool only. The final authority in any food safety licensing decision lies with DATCP. Local and Federal rules may also apply to your maple operation.

Iron County Maple Newsletters:

Iron County Maple Newsletters

Upcoming Events:

International Maple Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin
Wednesday, October 19 through Saturday, October 22, 2022
The North American Maple Syrup Council and the International Maple Syrup Institute will be holding their joint conference together in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2022 in partnership with the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association!

Other Resources:

Extension Maple Syrup Resources

Extension Maple Syrup Research:

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Maple Syrup Production Resources

Maple Syrup Production Resources:

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Midwest Maple Supply



If you have any questions regarding maple syrup production in Iron County, please contact:

Darrin Kimbler
Agriculture Educator (50%)

Extension Iron County
300 Taconite Street, Suite 118
Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2695

Email: darrin.kimbler@wisc.edu

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