2018 Morel Mushroom Certification Workshop Dates Announced

To see all details of the morel certification workshop this year, but also future updates, visit the morel certification page at http://bit.ly/morel-cert

morel certification workshops on the Iowa State University campus
Morel certification workshops on the Iowa State University campus

To legally sell morel mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop that covers identifying morels and false morels. People can be poisoned by eating mushrooms that are misidentified as morels. By the end of the workshops, participants will recognize true morels from false morels.

Morel certification lasts for three years. Iowans who have not certified for three or more years must recertify this year. Registration is open to out-of-state individuals that hunt and sell in Iowa. 

All three workshops will be held on the Iowa State campus in 210 Bessey Hall (2200 Osborn Drive, Ames, Iowa) from 1-4 p.m The training will be on Saturday, April 7, 14 and 21. Choose one of the three training dates, and please arrive by 12:45 for checking as class starts promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Make sure to save your seat, register online at http://bit.ly/MorelWorkshop. Once on the page click on new user sign up. Registration cost is $50 per person. If you are experiencing difficulty with the online registration process, please contact Registration Services at 515-294-6222 for assistance. Registration deadline is March 30, 2018. Pre-registration is important so that adequate materials can be arranged.

Free parking is available near Bessey Hall in Lot 41 on the east side of Wallace Road. See the online campus map.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach news release from February 6, 2018 

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Hi my name is Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca.  I'm a plant pathology diagnostician with the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.  Are you interested in selling morel mushrooms to the public? In order to sell mushrooms morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa everyone is to receive a certification. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosts a three-hour class held on Saturdays on Iowa State University campus in the spring.

Properly identifying morel mushrooms can mean the difference between finding something tasty or finding something potentially poisonous. Location, fees and

registration details for the workshops can be found at the ISU Extension and Outreach website and at the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic mushroom page.


Lina Rodriguez Salamanca Extension Plant Pathologist and Diagnostician

Dr. Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca is a diagnostician and extension plant pathologist with the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic  (clinic.ipm.iastate.edu), a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN, ...

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