Morel Mushroom Certification Workshops Scheduled for March and April

AMES, Iowa — Individuals who would like to be able to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa can take a three-hour certification workshop in March or April.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is again offering the workshops this spring at several locations across the state.

“The aim of the workshops is to help assure that misidentified mushrooms are not sold as morels. People can be poisoned by eating mushrooms that are misidentified as morels,” said plant pathology professor Mark Gleason, who is coordinating the workshops.

The workshops fulfill a requirement for anyone wanting to legally sell morels in Iowa. The certification lasts for three years. Registration is open to out-of-state individuals.

The workshop agenda includes: pre-training identification test; PowerPoint presentation on recognizing morels and false morels; examination of fresh and preserved morels and false morels; post-training identification test (and re-testing as needed); and presentation and signing of wall-size and wallet-size training certificates.

This year’s workshop locations are:

The training costs $45 per person, payable at the session by cash or check. Credit cards are not accepted. Those planning to attend one of the workshops need to register with Gleason by Monday, March 26, at or 515-294-0579.



how come no classes around

how come no classes around fayette county

I Agree I would gladly drive

I Agree I would gladly drive the <2 hours from Dubuque to Iowa City to get this certification but I am stuck with the >4 to get to Altoona. More locations need to be available or I'm going to ignore this law I didn't vote for.

I sell a lot of moral

I sell a lot of moral mushrooms. Is something new do you have to be certified to sell these now? I would like some more information on this.

Yes, you do need to have this

Yes, you do need to have this certification to legally sell mushrooms via roadside stand, craigslist, at the farmers market, or to friends, etc. You can certainly give them as gifts but you should do so with a disclaimer that you do not have your identifcation card.

There is no doubt that there are thousands of mushroom hunters in Iowa, many of whom do not have their idenfication certification. This has been required for almost 2 years, but it is not strictly enforced as it is not a major source of criminal activity (and the DNR has had budget issues like everyone else).

Selling mushrooms without the certification is a legal risk if someone should get sick; it would constitute criminal negligence and could result in more severe prosecution if injury or illness should occur.

Disclaimer, I am not a lawyer.
The "Emergency Rule" used by the DNR to require record keeping and certification

Why isnt there a class being

Why isnt there a class being held in harrison county or council bluffs this year? doesnt seem to be any classes listed for western iowa...are there going to be more listed later or are those 3 classes all there are?

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