Ginseng

Inside Appalachia
7:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Another Industry Moves into Appalachia, Hemp Farmers in Ky. & N.C., Remembering Our Veterans

Fred Curits Lewis co-founder of the Growing Warriors Project.
Credit Growing Warriors

This week, we’ll hear from farmer Peg Taylor,  who’s excited that Hemp is being grown in Kentucky for the first time in four decades. But some farmers in West Virginia, like Bill Gorby, say they’re concerned about what hydraulic fracturing could do to the water on their farms.

And for What’s in a Name, we’ll travel to a small town that’s famous for its unique hunter’s stew.

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West Virginia Morning
7:58 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The Story of a Seed and a Songbird

On West Virginia Morning, operators of public water and sewer systems tell lawmakers that they are over-regulated.  They want the Public Service Commission to ease up.  And Glynis Board has an interesting story about wild ginseng and how a little bird could help the plant survive.

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Research
7:45 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Wild Ginseng, Wood Thrushes, and Climate Change: A Survival Story

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Some researchers at West Virginia University have discovered that wild ginseng—a native and valuable medicinal plant—could be using specific birds to catch a ride into climates for which it’s better suited.

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Natural Resouces
7:53 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Ginseng Reality TV: Cultivating Conservation or Encouraging Extinction?

Frame from National Geographic Channel's new ginseng reality TV show: Smoky Mountain Money, which pits teams against each other to see who can collect the most ginseng.
Credit National Geographic

A new reality TV show that features ginseng hunting premiered this week. Smoky Mountain Gold pits four teams against each other to see who can collect the most wild-ginseng. It comes in the wake of another reality show that aired in January this year, Appalachian Outlaws. Dried ginseng root sells for 400-900 dollars a pound, and these reality shows are generating a lot of new interest in the plant.  That might be a good thing for the ginseng industry… or it might not be.

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Natural Resources
3:40 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

W.Va. DNR Makes Big Ginseng Bust: Valued at $180,000

West Virginia natural resources police say they have made 11 arrests and seized 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested.

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources estimates the market value of the native herb at $180,000.

The department said Wednesday the arrests followed a year-long investigation in southern West Virginia. Besides the ginseng, they said they also seized stolen guns, illegal drugs and $30,000 in cash.

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Ginseng
8:18 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Stakeholders Meet for Ginseng Summit, Discuss Industry To-Dos, To-Don’ts, Ta-Das

Panax quinquefolius foliage and fruit
Credit www.botanicus.org/item/31753000788239

Ginseng annually brings millions of dollars in revenue into Appalachia. But its future as a revenue option, or even its existence at all in these parts is far from certain. Growers are struggling to conserve the plant and ensure the vitality of the industry. Those concerns as well as new research that sheds light on the therapeutic qualities of the plant were discussed at the 2014 Ginseng Summit.

A small gathering of key stakeholders in the ginseng industry gathered at the Golden Seal Botanical Sanctuary just outside the small town of Rutland, in Meigs County Ohio, to discuss important topics surrounding the medicinal root.

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West Virginia Morning
7:58 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The 2014 Ginseng Summit, Tourism Focused on Local Farms and Food & Appalachian Echoes

Glynis Board reports from the 2014 Ginseng Summit  and food tourism continues to grow in Appalachia with a new culinary map that shows where to find the best. Also, our friends at Traveling 219 bring us a story on an old time music workshop in Marlinton, West Virginia. 

West Virginia Morning
10:41 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Recap of W.Va. Legislature's Special Session, Students Enter Rocket Challenge, & Ginseng Hunting

The West Virginia Legislature clears ten bills in a one-day special session after finishing budget negotiations on Friday. With a rich history in the state behind them, a group of students from north central West Virginia is hoping a rocket will also launch them to the very top. And, lastly, does the History Channel's Appalachian Outlaws accurately depict the practice of ginseng hunting in West Virginia?

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Ginseng
10:36 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Ginseng TV Show Features Questionable Practices

Credit history.com

The History Channel featured a new show this year that focused on ginseng in Appalachia. According to Neilson ratings, the show, called Appalachian Outlaws, was one of the most popular on cable channels, averaging over 2.7 million viewers per each of its six episodes. There’s no official word if season two is in the works, and while some fans are hoping that there will be a second season, other people are hoping the show will just go away.


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