Area media are invited to learn more about the issues facing ginseng growers and landowners during a regional ginseng forum Saturday, Oct. 15, at Coopers Rock State Forest.

Grower Challenges from State and Federal Management Decisions: A Forumruns from 9 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday at the WVU Forest Resource Building in Coopers Rock State Forest, Bruceton Mills, near Morgantown. Photo opportunities include a forest walk at noon.

The forum is the fall meeting of the West Virginia Ginseng Growers Association (WVGGA). The meeting assumed its regional status to begin responding to new complex state and federal issues that growers and landowners believe will adversely affect the business of forest farming of ginseng in the eastern United States.

Media contact person at the forum will be David Cooke, an Extension agent in the Kanawha County office of the West Virginia University Extension Service.

Saturdays Agenda:

99:45 a.m.
Ginseng: Improved practices for healthy crops and healthy land Dave Cooke, WVU Extension Service 9:4510:15 a.m
Update: U.S. Fish and Wildlife actions; what they mean for ginseng growers, Fred Hays, WVGGA 10:1510:30 a.m.
Break 10:30Noon
Gathering forest grower perspective: What are the issues?

Moderator: Eric Burkhart, Penn State University 12:0012:45 p.m.
Lunch (will be provided)

Also: Optional forest walk to view a local ginseng crop 12:451:30 p.m.
Research and policy: A panel discussion 1:302:30 p.m.
A National Ginseng Growers Association?

Panel moderated; Bob Beyfuss, Cornell University Cooperative Extension 2:302:45 p.m.
Break 2:453:30 p.m.
Forest farming of ginseng in the U.S.: Mapping the road ahead

Moderated discussion; Chip Carroll, Appalachian Forest Resource Center, Ohio 3:304 p.m.
What next? Reviewing the main issues and planning for action(s).

Group activity; J.R. Keener, WVGGA p. Joining WVGGA and the WVU Extension Service in sponsoring the forum are the Center for Sustainable Resources, Roots of Appalachia Growers Association, Appalachian Forest Resource Center, Rural Action, Pennsylvania State University School of Forest Resources and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (U.S. Department of Agriculture).