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Factsheet: Iowa Regulations for the Harvest, Cultivation and Sale of Wild American Ginseng

Ginseng Regulations: Chapter 78: Ginseng Harvesting and Sale

Ginseng Grower
"Grower" means a person who grows cultivated ginseng for the purpose of selling the ginseng. Ginseng grower or harvester licenses may be purchased at a vendor or online.
Iowa License Issuing Agents (Vendors)
Purchase Online


Ginseng Harvester
"Harvester" means any person who harvests, possesses, transports, cuts, gathers, destroys, digs or uproots wild ginseng for the purpose of selling the ginseng or for personal use. License can be purchased at any DNR license vendor. Ginseng grower or harvester licenses may be purchased at a vendor or online.
Iowa License Issuing Agents (Vendors)
Purchase Online


Ginseng Dealer
"Dealer" means any person who deals in ginseng, which includes without limitation buying, selling, purchasing, holding, brokering, billing for, bartering, trading or otherwise receiving payment for wild or cultivated ginseng in Iowa, for the purpose of selling or otherwise transacting wild or cultivated ginseng. The term "dealer" includes any person, including without limitation a harvester, who sells ginseng to any person other than a dealer licensed pursuant to these rules or lawfully licensed in another state.
  - Application for Ginseng Dealers can be requested by calling 515-725-8444.

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