McIsaac only second Nova Scotian inducted into North American maple hall of fame
Amherst’s Dale McIsaac recently became the second Nova Scotian behind Westchester’s Avard Bentley to be inducted into the North American Maple Industry Hall of Fame in Croghan, N.Y.
AMHERST – Dale McIsaac is now listed among the greats in his field.
McIsaac was recently became only the second Nova Scotia inducted into the North American Maple Industry Hall of Fame at an event at the American Maple Museum in Croghan, N.Y.
“It’s certainly an honour, that’s for sure, but I’m really humbled because a lot of the guys in the hall of fame are people that I looked up to when I started with the Department of Agriculture in 1977,” McIsaac said.
Avard Bentley of Westchester was the first Nova Scotian to be inducted in 2001.
McIsaac became only the 11th Canadian to receive the honour.
In the years since McIsaac began working with the Nova Scotia maple industry it has grown from an average of less than 75,000 taps with a farm gate value of about $100,000 to nearly 400,000 taps with an annual farm gate value of more than $1.5 million.
“I still believe that the maple industry is at the cusp of some really good times. There is so much potential and so many opportunities if we do the right thing,” McIsaac said. “Nova Scotia maple syrup seems to be in demand in this province and in other areas and it’s beginning to make its way around the world.”
Also, after a couple of tougher years brought on by unco-operative weather, McIsaac said early indications this past season will go down as one of the most successful in several years.
Pure maple syrup is produced commercially only in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Quebec, Ontario and the northeastern United States.
The maple industry hall of fame was established to recognize those who have excelled in research, development and leadership in the industry.
Each May, at the museum’s reopening ceremonies, two people, selected by their peers, are inducted into the hall of fame. It’s the highest honour in the North American maple industry. The fact he was selected by those in the industry has added meaning for McIsaac.
“Receiving the honour is very special, but knowing it’s based on the recommendation of people from the industry makes it that much more meaningful,” he said.
A professional agrologist and independent consultant with Perennia, McIsaac has compiled the annual Nova Scotia Maple Industry Survey and Situation report since 1977, edited the Department of Agriculture maple newsletter for many years and has been a close advisor to the Nova Scotia Maple Producers Association, including acting as treasurer until 2012.
He was inducted into the Nova Scotia maple industry hall of fame in 2010.