Wild Harvested Mushroom Sales

Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) Food Safety regulations require that mushrooms picked in the wild for sale must be individually inspected for safety by an approved mushroom identification expert. Note that these regulations do NOT apply to cultivated mushrooms, such as shiitakes, but only to mushrooms harvested in the wild. Cultivated mushrooms do NOT require approval by an identification expert. Anyone who wants to be recognized as a mushroom identification expert for the purposes of meeting this regulation must apply to KDA by email to KDA.FSL@ks.gov. The application email must include:

  • the applicant's name, address, and phone number;
  • the variety or varieties of wild harvested edible mushroom for which recognition is sought;
  • a description of the applicant's years and kind of experience identifying mushrooms; and, 
  • information about the certification course completed by the applicant.

The applicant must complete a certification workshop or course, if not already completed, by August 1, 2016.


KDA along with our partners are offering the following workshop(s):

Morel Mushroom Certification Workshop
Friday March 4, 2016   4-6pm
Dreher 4-H Building
Douglas County Fairgrounds
2110 Harper
Lawrence, KS