About the Board
Begun in 1986, this market order board has seven members who represent some 180 registered ginseng growers. Its purpose is research, national and international marketing, new product development, and education.
This board is responsible for the management of an annual assessment between $100,000 and $200,000. The assessment rate is $125 per acre under shade.
Wisconsin is number one in the United States in the production of ginseng, accounting for about 90 to 95 percent of all ginseng produced in the country, and Marathon County is the top ginseng growing county in the state, producing about 95 percent of Wisconsin's annual crop.
Ginseng Board of Wisconsin directors, each of whom serves a three-year term, are:
Robert Kaldunski, Edgar (President)
Dave Schumacher, Marathon (Vice President)
Keary Drath, Odgensburg
Joe Heil, Edgar
Aaron Kaiser, Edgar
Ron Krautkramer, Athens
Toufue Xiong, Wausau
Also representing the board:
Jackie Fett, Hatley (Executive/Marketing Director)
More information about the board is available by writing to the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin at 668 Maratech Avenue, Suite E, Marathon, WI 54448; phoning (715) 443-2444 or emailing
Questions regarding elections may be directed to:
DATCP Market Orders Program Coordinator