Morel, oyster mushroom workshops begin in March

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Farm Forum

AMES, Iowa — To legally sell morel and oyster mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop that covers identifying morels and oyster, as well as distinguishing between true and false morels.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering two online workshops on March 20 and April 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants only need to participate in one of the sessions to receive certification.

“People can be poisoned by eating misidentified mushrooms,” said Lina Rodriquez Salamanca, plant pathology diagnostician with the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic at Iowa State University. “By the end of the workshops, participants will recognize true edible morel and oyster mushrooms.”

In 2020, oyster mushrooms were added to the training certification workshop. Certification lasts for three years; therefore, Iowans who have not been certified since 2018 should recertify this year if they want to legally sell in Iowa. Registration is also open to out-of-state individuals who hunt and sell in Iowa.

Register online at http://bit.ly/morel21. Once on the page, click new user sign-up. Registration is $50 per person. If you are seeking recertification, you will receive an email provided on your 2018 registration to sign up at a discounted rate.

If you are having trouble with the online registration process, contact Registration Services at registrations@iastate.edu for assistance with your account setup, or email pidc@iastate.edu for general certification questions. The deadline to register is March 18.

These are oyster mushrooms.