Ginseng Production in Tennessee: Examining the Role of Extension and Assessing Knowledge of Selected County Agents

Jaman I Bass, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study reviewed existing methods for producing ginseng, and assessed the current state of agricultural extension agents' knowledge regarding the production of Ginseng. Seventy-five County Extension agents in Tennessee were selected to collect the primary data. A 44 question questionnaire was developed for the purpose of collecting data. The seventy-five agents selected for the study were chosen because their county met or exceeded 15 pounds of wild harvested ginseng roots in 2009. Twenty county agents were excluded from the study because their county harvested little to no ginseng during the 2009 harvest year. The study revealed that a noticeable percentage of county agents had a limited knowledge of ginseng production and forest utilization. Many agents also expressed interest in gaining knowledge in the areas of production and site selection. This study also investigated informational sources used by extension agents; their informational needs, and developed some relevant information for dissemination to Tennessee producers. Secondary economic data sources were evaluated. ^

Subject Area

Agriculture, Agronomy|Economics, Agricultural|Education, Agricultural

Recommended Citation

Jaman I Bass, "Ginseng Production in Tennessee: Examining the Role of Extension and Assessing Knowledge of Selected County Agents" (2013). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1552437.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI1552437

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