Required Morel Mushroom Certification Workshops Offered in March and April

Register before March 21 for workshop on selling mushrooms in Iowa

morel mushroomAMES, Iowa – Interested in hunting and selling morel mushrooms in Iowa? If so, plan to take this three-hour class in March or April from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and be certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa.

“The purpose of the workshops is to help assure that mushrooms sold as morels in the state are actually morels. People can be poisoned by eating mushrooms that are misidentified as morels,” said Mark Gleason of the ISU Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, who is conducting the workshops.

To legally sell morel mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop on identifying morels and false morels. The certification lasts for three years. Iowans who have not certified for three or more years must re-certify this year. Registration is open to out-of-state individuals.

Workshop Agenda

  • Pre-training identification test
  • Presentation on recognizing morels and false morels as well as other species of wild mushrooms
  • Examine preserved morels and false morels
  • Post-training identification test (and re-testing as needed)
  • Receive wall-size and wallet-size training certificates

Location and Times

All three 2016 morel certification workshops will be held on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, at Room 191 in the Seed Science Building, located at the northwest corner of Wallace Road and Osborn Drive, on the following dates:

  • Saturday, March 26, 1-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 9, 1-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16, 1-4 p.m.

Free parking is available near the Seed Science Building, in Lot #41 on the east side of Wallace Road. See an online campus map.

To register for the workshop by Monday, March 21, contact Mark Gleason, 515-294-0579, Interested individuals should indicate which workshop they plan to attend. Cost is $50 per person, payable at the training. Cash or checks are accepted; no credit cards will be accepted.