Ginseng Registration

​​Cultivated ginseng generates up to $20 million annually in gross income statewide. Wisconsin and out-of-state residents who deal in ginseng root or seed must meet state requirements.

Cultivated Ginseng Grower Registration and Shipment Certificate

Wisconsin residents who grow cultivated ginseng root or seed must register with the Department. Each shipment of cultivated ginseng that is sold to a Wisconsin dealer or shipped out of state also requires a Ginseng Shipment Certificate from our Department.

Certificates have no expiration date as long as you are registered for the year in which the certificate is used. There is a $15.00 fee per certificate. The certificates will be mailed to you after you return the completed application along with the appropriate fee. One certificate is required for each sale or shipment of ginseng, regardless of shipment weight.

The application packet contains an instructional letter, a registration/certificate form, an informational brochure and a social security form which is required for individuals or sole proprietors who apply for a license, permit or certificate from the State of Wisconsin.

Cultivated Ginseng Dealer Registration and Shipment Certificate

If you sell Wisconsin cultivated ginseng, all dealers, no matter if you are located within Wisconsin or out of state, must register annually with the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Each shipment of cultivated ginseng that is sold to another Wisconsin dealer or shipped out of state, must be accompanied by a Ginseng Shipment Certificate from our Department. There is a $15.00 fee for each certificate. The certificates will be mailed to you after you return the completed application along with the appropriate fee.

The application packet contains an instructional letter, a registration/certificate form, an informational brochure and a social security form which is required for individuals or sole proprietors who apply for a license, permit or certificate from the State of Wisconsin.

Veterans: For information on how to apply for License Fee Waiver under Act 209, Veterans License Fee Waiver Program.

Exporting Ginseng

If you intend to export dried ginseng root or seed to locations out of the United States, you must complete the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services CITES application. For more information on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) application. Please visit the US Fish and Wildlife Service ginseng webpage for more information.

Interested in starting a ginseng operation?

The Ginseng Board of Wisconsin is created by the Ginseng Market Order. The board directs research and grower education to support the ginseng industry.