The North American Maple Syrup Council is an international organization, founded in 1961. The purposes of the Council are to promote research in the chemistry and technology of maple sap and the products derived from it; in sugarbush management and disease control and in marketing of maple products and standardization of the maple products. The Council has grown since the acceptance of its first six charter members in 1961. It now represents the majority of maple producers and maple production throughout North America, counting 15 of the 16 largest producing states and provinces as members. Among its many duties, the council is responsible for publishing the Maple Syrup Digest and for awarding grants to deserving research projects related to maple production. An annual meeting, held jointly with the International Maple Syrup Institute, rotates between all member states and provinces and includes technical sessions that discuss the most recent research and the international maple syrup contest. Vermont last hosted the meeting in 2016.