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May 16, 2016

Agency of Ag Consumer Protection Chief and Maple Expert, Henry Marckres Inducted into North American Maple Hall of Fame

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) Consumer Protection Chief and resident maple expert, Henry Marckres was inducted into the North American Maple Hall of Fame by the North American Maple Syrup Council on Saturday May, 14th, 2016, in a special ceremony conducted at the American Maple Museum in Croghan, N.Y.

"I am honored to be nominated to the Maple Hall of Fame." said Marckres. "Working with the international maple community has been a continuously rich experience - I think I've judged syrup from every single maple producing state and province! I look forward to continuing to support the promotion and understanding of this unique and valuable product."

The son of a buyer for a Maple Sugar Company, Marckres, has been tasting and grading Vermont maple syrup since the age of three. A 30-year veteran of the VAAFM, Henry Marckres is one of the world's foremost maple experts. In addition to serving on two international maple boards and winning numerous industry awards, including the 2014 Lynn Reynolds International Maple Syrup Industry Award for Leadership, Henry is also the cofounder of the IMSI Maple Grading Schools. Alongside fellow maple expert Kathy Hopkins, of the University of Maine, Henry launched the educational and professional trainings known as "Maple Grading Schools" throughout maple-producing states in the U.S. and Canadian Provinces to help maple producers, packers and regulators accurately use the four basics of grading - color, clarity, density and flavor. When he's not teaching Grading School, or judging maple contests, Marckres utilizes his finely tuned "maple palate" to grade syrups, help producers identify and address "off-flavors", and protect the integrity and reputation of Vermont's signature agricultural crop.

"Henry has been a huge asset to our agency and to Vermont's community of maple producers," said Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross. "Henry is an accomplished maple judge, a dedicated educator, and considered by many to be the go-to expert for maple syrup grading. Henry is a true leader in the international maple community, and this honor is well-deserved."

The American Maple Museum was founded in 1977 to preserve the history and evolution of the North American maple syrup industry. Every year, at the Museum's opening ceremonies in May, two people are inducted into the American Maple Hall of Fame. Members in this select group are from both the U.S. and Canada and are nominated based on their achievements in research, development and leadership in the maple industry. Henry is the 86th inductee to the Maple Hall of Fame.

"Henry is very well known and highly regarded throughout the entire maple industry." Says Timothy Perkins, director of the University of Vermont's Proctor Maple Research Center and speaker at Saturday's Maple Hall of Fame event. "He is one of the first people to go to with questions or problems with maple syrup quality and off-flavors. The maple grading classes Henry teaches are always well attended and rank among the best educational opportunities for maple producers around."

Henry is currently a resident of Brookfield, formerly of Craftsbury, Vermont.

Congratulations Henry!!

Media Contact: Hannah Reid, Vermont Agency of Agriculture Communications Coordinator, Hannah.Reid@vermont.gov

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: May 16, 2016 16:01:28