How the research fund works
The Research Fund is a non-profit, volunteer managed fund established by the directors of the North American Maple Syrup Council at the annual conference in 1987. The program was developed to generate seed money for universities and institutions that perform research benefiting the entire maple industry. A voluntary contribution of a “penny per container” was determined to be a reasonable amount, from a common source, that is affordable to all producers and packers. With industry wide participation these contributions would provide the necessary ongoing financial support needed for maple research.
Annually the NAMSC-Research Fund solicits, reviews and selects research proposals that are of primary importance and concern to the maple industry. Funds are designated and distributed to qualified institutions in the U.S. and Canada for select research projects. Progress reports and research findings are presented at the joint annual meetings of the North American Maple Syrup Council and the International Maple Syrup Institute. The results of their research efforts are also published regularly in the Maple Syrup Digest and other maple industry publications.
Who participates and how they can help
Container manufacturers and distributors assist us by requesting voluntary donations of a “penny per container” on their customer invoices. Once collected, donations are sent to the treasurer of the NAMSC – Research Fund on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.
There are over two hundred (200) participants who contribute $10.00 to $10,000.00 or more annually. Periodic contributions are also accepted from syrup packers, syrup producers, associations and co-ops and others who wish to donate direct to the fund rather than through their container manufacturer or distributor. Recognition of contributors is done on an annual basis with a letter of thanks and listing in the December issue of the Maple Syrup Digest.
What we have accomplished and what can we do
Since its inception the fund has generated and provided thousands of dollars annually to help fund accurate and timely maple research benefiting all producers, large and small, in the United States and Canada.
Future research can be done in areas such as tree health, insect infestation, syrup production and packaging methods, marketing, syrup adulteration and a host of other concerns vital to the future of maple.
A “penny per container” for a producer who annually fills 15,000 containers would contribute $150.00 to the fund. If everyone participated using these guidelines the individual burden to fund research would be minimal, and the benefit to the industry significant.
Please contact us for more information:
NAMSC Research Fund
Winton Pitcoff, Chairman
210 Park Ave, #305
Worcester, MA 01609
Joe Polak, Treasurer
W1887 Robinson Dr
Merrill, WI 54452