Farm Ops Offering Scholarships for NYS Mid-Winter Maple Classic Conference

Farm Ops, the Cornell Small Farms Program’s veteran project, is offering 5 scholarships to attend the Maple Classic Conference. Participants will learn ways to optimize their current operation, understand the impacts of climate change on maple production, expand their value-added offerings, view the latest and greatest technologies in the trade show, and much more. The conference begins on Friday, January 5 at 4:00pm with a trade show and social opportunities and continues all day on Saturday until 4:30pm, however there are registration options for one or both days. To be eligible, you must be a veteran residing in NYS and have been producing and selling maple products for at least two years. Farm Ops will reimburse up to $100 for the registration fee, up to $150 for lodging, and mileage to and from the event. You must register for the conference before applying for the scholarship. Deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, December 8, 2023.


Bailey Colvin

Bailey joined the Small Farms Program in 2022 as a veterans project associate with Farm Ops. She has a fond appreciation for the sacrifices that our veterans, active-duty military members, and their families make for our country as many close to her have served. Her work supports veterans who wish to explore or further their agricultural ventures with educational resources, training, and opportunities to network with other farmer veterans. Her goal is that veterans ultimately find a renewed sense of purpose through agriculture in their communities.