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Arkansas State Ginseng Laws

• No license is required to harvest or sell ginseng in Arkansas.

• A Ginseng Dealer License is required to buy wild or cultivated ginseng in Arkansas for sale across state lines.

• The harvest season for wild and artificially propagated ginseng in Arkansas is from September 1 to December 1. The state does not allow green ginseng roots to be possessed between April 1 and September 1, and all harvested ginseng must be sold between September 15 and March 31 of the next year.

• Arkansas state law requires that wild ginseng only be harvested when the fruit is red, and only from “well developed plants” with at least 3 prongs.

• Arkansas requires that wild ginseng collectors plant the seeds of harvested plants at the digging site.

 • Ginseng may not be harvested on state land in Arkansas, nor in the Ouachita or Ozark National Forests.

 • The Arkansas State Plant Board, serves as the state’s ginseng coordinator. This office can be reached at (501) 225-1598 or by addressing correspondence to: Arkansas State Plant Board PO Box 1089 Little Rock, AR 72203 

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