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Scott Eckert
Scott Eckert

Horticulture Extension Agent
316-284-6930 
seckert@ksu.edu

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Morel-ly right: Online classes in Morel Mushroom ID

K-State Research and Extension, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, is offering online classes at two different times to help people earn the necessary approval to sell wild morel mushrooms. 

The classes will be offered online through Zoom on March 15 from noon to 1 p.m., and on March 16 from 6-7 p.m. 

Morel mushrooms grow in the wild but can be hard to find. For that reason, they are highly favored among chefs and mushroom enthusiasts. False morels include a number of species that look similar but are actually poisonous. 

The classes are intended to help ensure that wild harvested mushrooms sold as morels in the state of Kansas are safe to consume. Current regulations under KDA’s food safety and lodging program require that mushrooms picked in the wild for sale must be individually inspected for safety by a registered mushroom identifier. 

Upon completing the class -- which includes passing an online exam -- participants will be recognized as registered morel identifiers in Kansas to meet this regulation. 

Registration for the classes is now open at https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/foodsafety and costs $5. Participants will receive the Zoom link for the training after registering. 

Kansas Forest Service Conservation Trees

The Kansas Forest Service has released its Spring Seedlings Sale brochure.  Sale runs from December 1 to May 1.  Order early for best selection.  For full details, ordering and list of available plants, please visit their website: https://www.kansasforests.org/conservation_trees/

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