The Sweet Taste of Success: Safe, Value-Added, Maple Products

Watch the recording of the webinar we held on Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6:00 – 7:00 pm and view the webinar handouts below.

“The Sweet Taste of Success: Safe, Value-Added, Maple Products” webinar was live on Zoom on March 9 at 6pm where we heard from Bill Klase from the UW-Madison, Division of Extension Maple Syrup Program, and from UW-Madison Professor of Food Science, Barbara Ingham, about guidance on food safety planning for food businesses using maple sugar in products such as maple-flavored sauces and dressings, sparkling maple water, and infused maple syrup. Extension’s Maple Syrup Program supports thousands of Wisconsinites and Tribal communities in their forestry management and business resources.

Barbara Ingham

Barbara Ingham is a Professor of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Food Safety Specialist for the Division of Extension. Barb has over 25 years of experience researching food safety and helping entrepreneurs navigate the food safety regulation requirements in Wisconsin.

She is passionate about supporting food businesses in Wisconsin, especially small entrepreneurs that are vital to many local economies. Living in Madison, Wisconsin, Barb enjoys bicycle touring and gardening in the summer, and snowshoeing in the winter.

Bill Klase

Bill Klase is a Regional Natural Resources Educator at UW-Madison, Division of Extension, and assisting with the Maple Syrup Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. Bill has worked in natural resources for over 20 years, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and now as an Extension Forester since 2000.

He is passionate about helping folks get the most out of their forests and achieving all of their goals. Living in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Bill enjoys gardening, table tennis, and entertaining his cats.

Jessica Jane Spayde

Jessica is the Food Entrepreneurship Specialist for the Community Food Systems Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. Jessica has over 17 years of experience facilitating educational dialogues and over 20 years of experience in food systems work.

She is passionate about increasing sustainability and equity in the food system and society, and brings a systems approach to food entrepreneurship and ecosystems development. Living in the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin, Jessica enjoys spending time in nature, including hiking, canoeing, and foraging.


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