[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

That decked-out first-run Tesla Model X will cost you $140K

Birth-Wrong U.S. Citizenship Poster Boy Jose Fernando Villagomez—And The Colonized City Of Santa Maria CA

Elderly Couple In Sicily Killed By African “Refugee”; Immigration Bureaucrats Worried About Bad Press

The Untold Story of JFK's Sister, Rosemary Kennedy, and the Disastrous Lobotomy Ordered by Her Father

Texas cops shooting man with raised hands

These Teens Kept Their Sexting Private, But Cops Found Out. Now They Face Sex Offender Registry, Jail.

Jeb Bush Endorsed By Eric Cantor: Poster Boy of the Beltway GOP Crapweasels

EPA Threatens Man with $16 Million Fine Over Pond

Hillsboro High students walk out over transgender dispute

Instead of Shooting a Dog that Just Bit Him, This Cop Soothed It and Set the Bar for Cops Nationwide

Report: More than half of immigrants on welfare

Hillary and Obama Own the Tragic Libyan Exodus

Guns, Drugs, and Booze: Why Both Political Parties Love Prohibition

CNN changes debate criteria, clearing path for Fiorina (and more than 10)

Paul Krugman: Thank Goodness Democrats Don’t Create Cults of Personality Around Undeserving Politicians

Libertarian Youth

Hydrogen fuel cell unit to provide renewable power to Honolulu port

Stephen Colbert Gets Political, Booking Supreme Court Justice, UN Secretary-General, Bernie Sanders

The Fire Rises…Germany Calls for Other EU States To Take in “Refugees”

Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

Atlanta cop critically wounded, a homeowner shot and dog killed in shootout after police 'went to the wrong address to investigate burglary'

If Conservatives think YouÂ’re Liberal and Liberals think YouÂ’re Conservative, You are Doing it Right

Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

Poll: 71% of Americans unhappy with country's direction

Should Libertarians Vote Republican?

Why the Supreme Court is not Supreme

DC District Court Rules Pro-Life Group Cannot Be Mandated To Provide Birth Control

State Department says 150 more Hillary Clinton emails have been 'upgraded' to classified status in the release scheduled for tonigh

Armed Black Panthers to Texas Cops: ‘We Will Start Creeping Up on You in the Darkness’

Can I sue somebody for this?

Economics 102: WalMart Cuts Worker Hours After Hiking Minimum Wages

Ben Carson, Donald Trump at 23% each show “most Iowa Republicans prefer someone without a traditional political pedigree,”

One Question the Media Refuses to Ask Donald Trump

Donald Trump comes to The Barclays and all hell breaks loose

Video Shows UNARMED Man With Hands Up Right Before Cops Shoot and Kill Him

Professors threaten bad grades for saying ‘illegal alien,’ ‘male,’ ‘female’

The TRUMP Fight Song [unofficial] - TRUMP 2016

Donald Trump: U.S. Treats Illegals Better than Vets

Who is Donald Trump and what does he really stand for?

I hope he lives long enough and the trial is open enough so that we know WHY.

Exclusive — ‘Stump for Trump’ Girls: Trump’s ‘Immigration Proposal Is Phenomenal’

The 'Birmingham Koran' fragment that could shake Islam after carbon-dating suggests it is OLDER than the Prophet Muhammad

White House says Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

On a plate

Injured Man Comes To Jail Lobby Asking Cops For Help, But Deputies Pile On Him and Kill Him Instead

Police Raid Man’s Home WITHOUT A WARRANT After He Criticized Them On Facebook

Rally for state secession falls flat

Confederate flag snapped in two at a high school football game

Police kill bystander when New York undercover gun buy goes bad

Jeb! Libertarian Veins


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

Weird Stuff/Unexplained
See other Weird Stuff/Unexplained Articles

Title: Illinois ginseng harvest begins
Source: Belleville News-Democrat
URL Source: http://www.belleville.com/mld/belleville/news/state/15426847.htm
Published: Sep 2, 2006
Author: Associated Press
Post Date: 2006-09-02 14:48:04 by Willie Green
Keywords: ginseng, puberty, herbalremedies
Views: 3337
Comments: 1

For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Call it a yearly Illinois harvest that gets to the root of persistence.

Starting Saturday and pressing through Nov. 1, thousands of people will converge on the state's forested regions in search of ginseng roots.

This year's harvest comes amid relaxed federal rules and a seeming resurgence of the ancient folk remedy, with the dried root commonly added to beer and energy drinks - even touted as a possible cancer-fighter.

State figures suggest about 2,000 people sign up each year to harvest the root, which grows wild in every county statewide. Last year, 1,200 pounds of the stuff was harvested in the Land of Lincoln. Each of the two years before that, people reaped more than a ton of ginseng.

Harvesters sell the roots to about 30 state-licensed dealers. Much of it goes to Asian markets, where ginseng is prized as everything from an aphrodisiac to an energy booster. Depending on the plant's grade, ginseng can fetch $12 to $300 a pound.

Officials blame last year's lackluster harvest on the fact that many of the roots' distinctive golden leaves and red berries dropped off before harvesting season began.

"It made it really hard to see the plants," said Una M. French, owner of Windy Pines Natural Herb Farm in the Jefferson County community of Dix.

Leon Johnson, a ginseng dealer in the tiny Wayne County town of Keenes, said federal rules imposed last year only allowed people to pick roots at least 10 years old, complicating matters.

Federal regulators relaxed the 10-year limit earlier this year, but the change came too late for Illinois to alter its rule.

The state won't be able to lower the age limit until next year's season, though most hunters won't get fines for picking roots that are too young, said Brian Clark of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' permits and license division.

"Obviously, our officers will use their discretion," he said.

Illinois is the only state that will follow the 10-year limit this year, said Patricia Ford, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service botanist.

Still, Johnson says this year's harvest likely will be another small one, given this summer's hot and dry weather in the southeast and south central areas of the state.

In Illinois the top ginseng-producing counties include Cumberland, Clark, Effingham and Fayette. Clark said.


WTF?
How are you supposed to know how OLD the blasted ginseng root is?

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

How are you supposed to know how OLD the blasted ginseng root is?

I grow my own. I'm trying to re-introduce it to Southwest Missouri so I don't harvest the stuff, and naturally don't pay attention to Fed regulations...

If the bulls dont kill me, Dont put me six feet down,

I'll be last man standin on top of the hill,

If the bulls dont kill me then nothin will,---PBR-AllStars Buck@Roll

continental op  posted on  2006-09-02   22:09:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com