Kentucky Ginseng Law and Regulations
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• No permit is required to harvest ginseng on private and in the state of Kentucky.
• The harvest season for ginseng in Kentucky is from September 1 to December 1.
• Kentucky state law requires all harvested ginseng plants to be at least 5 years old and to have at least 3 prongs.
• Kentucky requires that seeds adhering to harvested ginseng be planted within 50 feet of the location of the plant, “with no tool used other than the finger.”
• A certificate of registration as a Kentucky Ginseng Dealer must be obtained by anyone who buys
uncertified ginseng in the state for resale or who sells ginseng in interstate commerce. Annual
Dealer license fees are $75 for Kentucky residents and $150 for nonresidents.
• Uncertified dry ginseng may only be sold in-state from September 15 to March 31 of the next year.
Uncertified green (non-dry) ginseng may be sold starting on September 1 through March 31.
• Ginseng may be certified via a $2 per pound fee, and certified ginseng may be sold year-round and/or sold in interstate commerce.
• The Kentucky Department of Agriculture serves as the state’s ginseng coordinator. This office can be reached at (502) 564-0290 or:
100 Fair Oaks Lane, 5th floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
• Collection of ginseng in Danel Boone National Forest is allowed for personal use only. A permit is
required; contact the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Winchester, KY at (859) 745-3100, or any of the
four district offices for more information:
Cumberland District, Morehead, KY: (606) 663-2852
London District, London, KY: (606) 864-4163
Stearns District, Whitley City, KY: (606) 376-5323
Red Bird District, Big Creek, KY: (606) 598-2192
Provided by the American Herbal Products Association, in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and United Plant Savers. http://www.ahpa.org/portals/0/pdfs/Kentucky.pdf