Ginseng Export Laws

Ginseng Export Laws   (CITES stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species which lists ginseng as one of many plant and animal species that need protection.) CITES permits are required for export of American ginseng, and must be obtained from the FWS’s Division of Management Authority (DMA). Complete and submit export application […]

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Ginseng Law Licensing Any person who cuts, roots up, gathers or destroys wild ginseng must have a valid wild ginseng harvest license issued by the department prior to harvest. This does not apply to a person who cuts, roots up, gathers or destroys wild ginseng growing on the person’s own land if the ginseng […]

West Virginia

West Virginia Ginseng Laws Ginseng digging season September 1 through November 30. West Virginia Ginseng Season runs from September 1 to November 30 and diggers have until March 31 of each year to sell to a registered West Virginia ginseng dealer or have roots weight-receipted at one of the Division of Forestry weigh stations. Possession […]

Virginia

Virginia Ginseng Laws Ginseng Management The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is responsible for ensuring the sustainability of wild ginseng, Panax quinquefolius L., in Virginia.  Wild ginseng is listed as a threatened plant under Virginia’s Endangered Plant and Insect Species Act. The Regulation of the Harvest and Purchase of Wild Ginseng was […]

Vermont

Vermont Ginseng Laws   – Ginseng Collector’s Permit required to legally harvest wild Ginseng. Applications and permits available from the Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. This permit is valid for 3 years. – Ginseng Dealer’s Permit is required to engage in Ginseng resale or commerce. Permit must be obtained before any […]

Tennessee

Tennessee State Ginseng Laws Only plants with three (3) or more leaves (prongs) and red ripe berries should be harvested. These are plants at least five (5) years old and reproductively mature. Mature plants will produce a cluster of green flowers which will produce the ripe berries after fertilization. Collect only during the Harvest Season […]

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Ginseng Laws Important Update! DCNR has updated the portion of Chapter 45 of the PA Code that refers to American ginseng. The start date of the harvest season is now September 1st (no longer August 1). DCNR will not certify any harvested ginseng until September 1, 2013.(1) A person may harvest ginseng plants only […]

Ohio

Ohio Ginseng Laws Digging Ginseng A permit is not required to dig wild ginseng in Ohio, but a ginseng digger must have written permission from the landowner or designee to hunt and harvest on private and public lands. Digging ginseng is prohibited on state-owned lands and on national park property. The Wayne National Forest offers […]

North Carolina

North Carolina State Ginseng Laws GINSENG REGULATORY CHANGES : DEALER PERMITS All ginseng dealers shall obtain a permit from the Plant Industry Division of the Department prior to purchasing ginseng (no change) A ginseng dealer shall pay the following fee for a permit: (A) Resident unlimited quantity – $100.00; (B) Resident limited (up to 100 […]

North Carolina

North Carolina State Ginseng Laws GINSENG REGULATORY CHANGES : DEALER PERMITS All ginseng dealers shall obtain a permit from the Plant Industry Division of the Department prior to purchasing ginseng (no change) A ginseng dealer shall pay the following fee for a permit: (A) Resident unlimited quantity – $100.00; (B) Resident limited (up to 100 […]

New York

New York Ginseng Laws New York’s ginseng program exists to ensure the survival of the species in the wild, compliance with all Federal and International laws and regulations, and the viability of New York ginseng as a valuable forest product. To be legal to certify for export, the Ginseng harvested must meet the following requirements: […]

Missouri

Missouri State Ginseng Laws In Missouri you are not required to possess a license to harvest wild ginseng on private land. However, you must have the property owner’s permission. Without previous permission from the property owner, you may be subject to prosecution for trespassing and/or theft. On U.S Forest Service land in Missouri, the digging […]

Minnesota

Minnesota State Ginseng Laws Minnesota’s ginseng harvest season opens on September 1 and closes December 31 by law (Chapter 6282.0100). It is illegal for harvesters to dig, possess or sell green ginseng before September 1. By law, wild ginseng plants may not be harvested unless they possess three or more true leaves (sometimes called “prongs”). […]

Maryland

Maryland State Ginseng Laws A ginseng collecting permit is required to be obtained annually by anyone in Maryland who collects or harvests ginseng intended for sale. Permit holders are required to record the amount of ginseng collected in each county and the name and address of the dealer to whom they sold their ginseng, and […]

Kentucky

Kentucky Ginseng-Harvesters and Collectors Harvest season is from September 1 – December 1. Only harvest plants that are 5 years old or 3 pronged. Remember, this a minimum harvest age. If berries, red or green, are present on harvested root, they need to be planted within 50 feet with no tool other than your finger. […]

Iowa

Iowa State Ginseng Laws An Iowa Ginseng Harvester permit is required to harvest wild ginseng in the state, even on your own land, and must be in your possession when harvesting, possessing, or transporting wild ginseng. A state dealer’s permit is required to buy and sell ginseng in the state of Iowa. The harvest season […]

Indiana

Indiana Ginseng Laws Seasons: Harvest: Sept. 1 – Dec 31 of current year. Harvesters can legally dig wild ginseng. Harvesters do not need a license to dig ginseng nor sell ginseng to a licensed dealer. Selling: Sept. 1 of current year to March 31 of next year. Dealers can legally purchase ginseng from harvesters. When reselling […]

Illinois

Illinois Ginseng Laws Definition of Wild Ginseng “Wild ginseng” as defined by law is the root of the ginseng plant (Panax quinquefolius) which is growing in or has been collected from its native habitat. Therefore, plants that have been transplanted into their native habitat are considered wild ginseng. “Cultivated ginseng,” means ginseng growing in tilled […]

Georgia

Georgia Ginseng Laws Ginseng harvest season in Georgia is now September 1-December 31. In 2013, Georgia law changed to require that Ginseng harvest season being on September 1, instead of the previous season start date of August 15. Georgia Law Requires That: – Dealers and Growers register with the Department of Natural Resources by July […]

Arkansas

Arkansas 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. Dealer must record the name and address of the Ginseng harvester/grower; the name and address of the buyer; the county […]

Alabama

Alabama Ginseng Laws Collection of ginseng. (a) The season for the legal collection of ginseng shall be from September 1 through December 13 inclusive. Collection of ginseng outside of this period is unlawful, unless the plants are collected from land owned or managed by the ginseng collector for the personal use of such collector and/or […]