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Ginseng Additional Reading

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Important Links

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  • Daniel Boone National Forest Products Page
  • US Fish and Wildlife
  • US Fish and Wildlife - American Ginseng
  • United State Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Export page
  • American Ginseng Stewardship from the American Herbal Products Association
  • Wild Ginseng Conservation
  • USDA PLANTS profile for Panax quinquefolius L. American ginseng
  • Wild Grown
  • Ginseng Programs - state by state

    Other State's Ginseng Programs (and the agency that manages the ginseng program for that state)

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    Ginseng Production

    There are many extensiont publications, guides and books regdry Kentucky ginseng rootsarding ginseng proudction available.
    • Virgina Tech
      • Specialty Crop Profile: Ginseng (html) (pdf)
      • Growing American Ginseng (panax quinquefolius) in Forestlands (html) (pdf)
      • Producing and Marketing Wild Simulated Ginseng in Forest and Agroforestry Systems published by Virginia Tech (html) (pdf)
    • Ohio State University
      • Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: An Introduction (pdf)
      • Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: Selecting a Site (pdf)
      • Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: Site Preparation and Planting Using the Wild-Simulation Approach (pdf)
      • Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: Maintenance, Disease Control (pdf)
      •  Growing American Ginseng in Ohio: Harvesting, Washing, and Drying  (pdf)
    • Ginseng Enterprise published by Western Maryland Research and Education Center (pdf)
    Suggested Books
    This is not a complete list of books and is provided as a reference. Inclusion (or exclusion) does not imply endorsement of the products, services, or validity of the information offered.
    • American Ginseng: Green Gold by W. Scott Persons
    • Ginseng: How to Find, Grow, and Use America's Forest Gold by Kim D. Pritts
    • Growing & Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal & Other Woodland Medicinals by W. Scott Persons
    • Ginseng, the Divine Root: The Curious History of the Plant That Captivated the World by David A. Taylor
    • Ginseng Dreams: The Secret World of America's Most Valuable Plant by Kristin Johannsen
    • Ginseng Growers' Guide by J. I. Malone
    • Nontimber Forest Products in the United States by Eric T. Jones
    • Non-Timber Forest Products: Medicinal Herbs, Fungi, Edible Fruits and Nuts, and Other Natural Products from the Forest by Marla R. Emery
    • Living in the Appalachian Forest: True Tales of Sustainable Forestry by Chris Bolgiano
    • Growering Ginseng:  A Beginner's Guide 2nd Edition by Brad Castle
    • List of books from This link is provided as a convenience for locating the information on these suggested titles. This will take you away from this site. Many of these books are available at your local library or can be requested through a library inter loan program; ask your local librarian for more information.

    USDAgreen, fresh kentucky ginseng roots

  • USDA Storage of Ginseng (pdf)
  • USDA Grading Standards for Cultivated Ginseng (pdf)
  • USDA Cultivated Ginseng Visual Aids (pdf)
  • United State Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • United State Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Export page
  • Medicinal Plant Links

  • Canada
  • A Guide to Medicinal Plants of Appalachia (pdf)
  • Agroforestry Forest Farming: Medicinal Plants (pdf)
  • Kentucky Woodlands, Non-Timber Forest Products (pdf)
  • Other

  • American Ginseng and the Idea of the Commons
  • New Insights into the Genetic Diversity and Conservation of American Ginseng
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