Michigan Wild-foraged Mushroom Recertification Update

Recertification for the Michigan Wild-foraged Mushroom program will begin on April 16, 2021 and is required for persons whose certificates expired in 2020 or will expire in 2021. The recertification process will be completely virtual.

The cost is $75 per recertification and, as before, is valid for five years. 

For your convenience, payment and registration will be available on the website beginning April 16.  Participants are required to complete and submit a brief survey; upon receipt of the completed survey, online exam access and instructions will be provided.     

We encourage prospective participants to study and review the comprehensive online curriculum materials found on the Midwest American Mycological Information’s website: https://midwestmycology.org/mushroom-study/.

If you have any questions, please email them to mami@midwestmycology.org

Remember, in order to legally collect and sell wild-foraged mushrooms anywhere in the United States, a person must be an expert in the identification of wild mushrooms. Specifically, Michigan requires a person to be an approved mushroom identification expert; which includes those whom have have successfully completed a mushroom identification program approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  

Notice on possible dates for Spring Workshops 2021

We are currently in the planning phase for the Spring 2021 Workshop. We anticipate the workshop will be 1) in late April or early May, 2) be in a virtual format, and 3) be for morels only.

Those interested in the spring workshop should indicate your interest here: 2021 Spring Workshop

Midwest American Mycological Information (MAMI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public charity whose mission is to provide unfettered access to accurate, up-to-date information on topics related to mycology including mushroom identification and cultivation.

Our goals include those to increase awareness of fungi in the environment, on the table, and in the classroom in the Midwestern states.

Wild-foraged Mushroom Identification Certification Program

Working in partnership with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), MAMI offers a workshop program that, if successfully completed, will qualify you as an expert mushroom identifier who can lawfully broker select wild-foraged Michigan mushrooms.

This program will help you understand and meet Michigan’s regulations regarding the sale of wild-foraged mushrooms. Through this workshop, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the varieties of wild mushrooms that may be collected and sold in Michigan, meet with noted mycologists, review mushroom identification, become acquainted with MDARD regulations, and much more.

At the end of the workshop you will be administered a test which, if successfully completed, will qualify you to receive an Expert Mushroom Identifier card issued by MDARD.


Contact us at mami@midwestmycology.org.

Midwest American Mycological Services does not offer virtual mushroom identification services of any kind so please do not send pictures of mushrooms for identification.

Information regarding all upcoming MAMI workshops can be found at:
https://midwestmycology.org/workshops/. Any new workshops will be
announced there as soon as the dates are determined.

Congratulations to those who have passed the certification.

Click here to see the complete list of current MDARD-certified mushroom identification experts: