What information can you give me on markets for ginseng and goldenseal?

R.L.
Kentucky
Answer: Thank you for contacting ATTRA for information on current markets for ginseng and goldenseal. First, see ATTRA’s publication Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Other Native Roots as it contains helpful production information.Also, please note that the American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) are listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), an international treaty designed to control and regulate international trade in certain animal and plant species. As such, all exports of ginseng and goldenseal require an export permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).In addition, 19 states, including Kentucky, where ginseng naturally occurs, have established a certification program for ginseng as required by the FWS. These 19 states regulate and monitor the harvest of ginseng, whether wild or cultivated, within their borders. All ginseng dealers and ginseng growers are required to register with the appropriate regulatory agency in their state. The role of the FWS is to ensure that exports of ginseng and goldenseal are legal and not detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild. The FWS website provides information about ginseng.The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) provides information to encourage people who harvest wild American ginseng to do so in a way that is sustainable. They offer state-specific information about regulations and excellent general information to help harvesters understand the plant and its life cycle and how to ensure survival of the wild ginseng populations. You may download a brochure for your state on the AHPA website.Because you are located in Kentucky, you should be sure to view the Kentucky Department of Agriculture ginseng page. There is a link on this page to Kentucky dealers operating in 2009-2010. Also, if you scroll down, underneath the Downloads header, you will see a link titled, “Links to Other Information.” This page contains links to other states’ ginseng programs and to the wildcrafting profiles from University of Kentucky.Dr. Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University, has done extensive research and is a valuable resource on growing and marketing medicinal herbs and non-timber forest products. Her website offers a lot of information about production and marketing of these plants. More details are available in Davis’s recent book and in NC Extension publications and Web pages referenced below. Dr. Davis is the foremost U.S. expert on goldenseal production. Consult NCherb.org for information on current markets.Resources:
1. Persons, W. Scott, and Jeanine M. Davis. 2005. Growing & Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal & Other Woodland Medicinals.
Bright Mountain Books, Fairview, NC. 466 p.
Available for purchase on Amazon.com.2. Greenfield, Jacqui, and Jeanine M. Davis. 2003. Collection to Commerce: Western North Carolina Non-Timber Forest Products and Their Markets.
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. 112 p.Available in PDF for download (warning: large file size).3. Davis, Dr. Jeanine. 2010.NCHerb.org
or
www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/herbs.4.