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    Author(s): R.C. Vaughan; J.L. Chamberlain; J.F. Munsell
    Date: 2011
    Source: Virginia Cooperative Extension. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Publication 354-313:1-13.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Farming alternative crops, like American ginseng, is becoming more popular among forestland owners. Ginseng is a native medicinal herb and can be deliberately cultivated under a forest canopy. In recent surveys, over 40 percent of landowners in the Southeastern United States indicated a desire for more information on forest farming (Workman et al. 2003), and over half of the Extension agents and almost 30 percent of foresters in the Mid-Atlantic states have been queried by landowners about ginseng income opportunities (Kays 2004). Extension agents and foresters are the first point of contact for many landowners seeking alternative income opportunities through forest farming of ginseng and other medicinal plants. Kays (2004) found that over 40 percent of foresters and Extension agents in the Mid-Atlantic want more information on ginseng to help these landowners. This article provides Extension agents, foresters and landowners with information on ginseng and how it can be profitably farmed in the forest.

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    Vaughan, R.C.; Chamberlain, J.L.; Munsell, J.F.; 2011 Growing American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) in Forestlands. Virginia Cooperative Extension. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Publication 354-313:1-13.

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