Ginseng - Laws & Regulations

The Vermont program is authorized under state law, within the larger nursery licensnig and inspection program, and is regulated by rule, authorized at the same statute.  Copies of the current law and rule are available here:

Plants taken from the wild (6 V.S.A., Chapter 4031)
Regulations Relating to the Collection and Certification of Wild Ginseng

In 2012, we initiated rulemaking to modify the existing rule.  Proposed changes to the rule include:

  • Increasing the minimum age of harvest to ten years
  • Changing the opening date from August 20 to September 1
  • minor housekeeping amendments

Proposed Rule Change
Comments to the proposed rulemaking are welcome, and may be submitted electronically to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture's Plant Industry section.