Virginia Tech to Form Maple & Tree Syrup Producers Association

According to a press release, Virginia Tech is looking for maple and tree syrup producers to join a new statewide association.  This effort is being initiated by researchers at Virginia Tech’s Department of Sustainable Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

Guinevere Unterbrink, a wildlife conservation student at Virginia Tech, is looking for tree syrup producers in Virginia, no matter the size of their operations.

An association would help producers apply for grants, find marketing funds, assistance, equipment and even help locate markets for syrup.  An association would also raise public awareness and would help establish production standards that could earn syrups a “Virginia Grown” designation from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

For more information call 540-231-2716 or email

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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