Wild-harvested Mushrooms Certification


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers classes for anyone interested in being certified to sell wild-harvested mushrooms within the state of Iowa. The workshops are held every year during the spring.

To legally sell eight different wild-harvested mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop that covers identifying and distinguishing them from look-alikes. In fall 2021 the following mushrooms were added to the training.

Common name

Scientific name



Morchella spp.

M. americana,

M. angusticeps,

M. punctipes

Original workshop


Pleurotus citrinopileatus,

Pleurotus ostreatus,

Pleurotus populinus,

or Pleurotus pulmonarious

added in 2020

Chicken of the woods

Laetiporus spp:

L. cincinnatus,

L. sulphureus

offered in 2022

Hen of the woods

Grifola frondosa

offered in 2022


Cantharellus cibarius group

offered in 2022

Bear's head tooth, Lion's mane

Hericium spp:

H. erinaceus

H. americanum

offered in 2022

Pheasant backs

Polyporus squamosus

offered in 2022

Black trumpet

Craterellus cornucopoides

offered in 2022

People can be poisoned by eating misidentified mushrooms. By the end of the workshops, participants will recognize the ushtoom listed above and diferetiate them fomr ther most common looks.

Iowans who have not been certified to sell morel mushrooms for three or more years much recertify this year. Registration is open to out-of-state individuals that hunt and sell in Iowa, but keep in mind local certification may be required to sell in your home state.


Trainings for 2022: more details coming up in November, 2021

Register at (uncoming site)

Registration closes April 8, 2022

Questions about the training email pidc@iastate.edu


IA Department of inspections and appeals rulings

morel mushroom
Morel Mushroom

Pertaining mushrooms 6/16/2021:   https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/aco/arc/5701C.pdf


See page 1-definitions at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/iac/chapter/481.30.pdf

Consumer advisory as in the ruling:

“A consumer advisory shall inform consumers by brochures, deli case, menu advisories, label statements, table tents, placards, or other effective written means that ‘wild-harvested mushrooms should be thoroughly cooked and may cause allergic reactions or other effects.”


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Safe mushroom foraging resources 

Mushroom calendar specific to Iowa and Midwestern states

The calendar shows the months when mushroom species have been recorded in Iowa and other parts of the upper Midwest. The dates of the actual appearance of any one species can vary widely from year to year and are primarily based on environmental conditions, including ground temperature, the timing of rainfall, amount of precipitation, and season.