MMSA About the MMSA Michigan Maple Syrup Association

The Michigan Maple Syrup Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of maple sugaring in Michigan and the promotion of Michigan pure maple products. If you have more than just a passing interest in the science, industry, commerce, or enjoyment of maple products anywhere in the world, please consider becoming a member of our organization.

Objectives

  • Speak with recognized authority and reliability in the interests of Michigan maple producers
  • Represent Michigan maple producers in any regional, national, and international maple organizations and any other organizations or forums designed to improve the maple industry
  • Develop and enhance advertising, educational, and publicity activities designed to promote Michigan maple products
  • Actively lobby for and encourage the adoption of State legislation that will protect and enhance Michigan maple products
  • Develop an MMSA logo as a standard of quality for use by members and to promulgate rules governing its use
  • Encourage and cooperate with the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture, the Extension Service, the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, and Michigan Colleges and Universities in the development of research, programs, and initiatives promoting the Michigan maple industry
  • Actively recruit membership in MMSA of all Michigan maple producers and all related organizations
  • Communicate regularly with all members through scheduled meetings and through a three-season quarterly newsletter

Affiliations
MMSA is a member of the International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI), a promotion and marketing organization made up of U.S. and Canadian producers and processors. MMSA also sends a delegate to the meetings of the North American Maple Syrup Council (NAMSC), which comprises sixteen member states and provinces. The council was organized to promote and support maple research.

The North American Maple Syrup Council (NAMSC): The National Maple Syrup Council was organized in 1960 to promote research in the areas of 1) the chemistry and technology of maple sap and products, 2) maple bush management and disease control, and 3) standardization and marketing of maple products. Six states-- Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin--became the charter members of the organization. Michigan joined the association in 1962, along with New Hampshire. Maine and Minnesota joined over the next few years and in 1973, with a Canadian province hosting for the first time, the council name was changed to its current “North American Maple Syrup Council.” Since that time, Connecticut, New Brunswick, Quebec and Indiana have joined, bringing the total membership to sixteen. The council has grown enormously since its inception in 1961 and now represents virtually all of the major maple producing areas of the world.

The council includes representatives from each producing state and province plus representatives from producer cooperatives, packers, equipment manufacturers, government and educational representatives and individual producers. The Board of Directors meets quarterly, with a short annual meeting held in conjunction with the NAMSC Annual meeting each October.

The International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI): The International Maple Syrup Institute was born from a meeting of nearly 60 industry representatives in the fall of 1974. It is a non-profit organization funded by membership dues and grants form the Government of Canada. It was founded to promote and protect pure maple products. It developed largely in response to a very depressed market condition for maple syrup, especially darker grades. Canadian production greatly increased during those mid-70ís years while weather variances brought on darker colored maple crops throughout the production regions. The original goals of the organization remain the goals of today—to promote the marketing of pure maple products worldwide as one unified industry body.

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