After two years of planning and preparation for “Maple at the Falls” – the Niagara Falls, NY NAMSC/IMSI meetings to be held in late October 2021, we regret that the conference has been canceled. The New York State Maple Producers’ Association attempted nearly every avenue to make these meetings work and to ensure that they would be held, especially after having to cancel the convention last year. But, border closures and restrictions, a rapidly rising COVID 19 infection rate nationwide, travel restrictions being placed on research presenters/specialists and vendor hesitation, left the Committee with few choices.
The NYSMPA is grateful to all who preregistered and please know that we are now arranging for full refunds. If you registered with one of the convention hotels, make sure that you cancel your accommodation in a timely manner to avoid a cancellation fee. The Committee responsible for arranging the scientific sessions is considering how to provide a virtual venue for dissemination of current papers and research reports as well as to provide an opportunity and forum for specialists to interact prior to the 2022 meetings.
We are grateful to the trade vendors, specialists, researchers, educators as well as the delegates and officers from both international organizations, for their input, support and patience. We encourage everyone to now look forward to assisting and supporting our colleagues in Wisconsin as they prepare for the 2022 conference in LaCrosse. Moving forward and understanding that conventions are planned out several years, the New York State Maple Producers’ Association will endeavor to rejoin the host queue for a future meeting.
Any questions regarding this cancellation may be directed to either of us.
Helen M. Thomas, IMSI Delegate, New York
Eric A. Randall, NAMSC Delegate, New York
During this difficult time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy. The Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producer’s Association (WMSPA), NAMSC and IMSI have made a very difficult decision. We have decided, for the health and safety of convention attendees and uncertainties lying ahead of us, it is in everyone’s best interest to cancel the NAMSC/IMSI Convention October 21-24, 2020 in La Crosse, WI.
Massachusetts has so graciously offered to allow the WMSPA to take their spot in 2022, and hosts slated for 2023 and beyond have offered to advance one year. WMSPA is thankful for this opportunity and felt this would be the best approach, not knowing what each day brings.