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New reality show focuses on W.Va. ginseng business

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A new reality show on The History Channel is shedding light on West Virginia's ginseng business.

 "Appalachian Outlaws" premieres Jan. 9 and was filmed in Nicholas, Greenbrier, Monroe, Wyoming and Raleigh counties.

Ginseng dealer Tony Coffman told the Register-Herald that the show is really about educating people about the business. But he said it isn't a documentary.

The show profiles the growers, the diggers and the middlemen involved in the ancient crop valued at $600 a pound.

The cable network says supply can't keep up with demand for the crop and it's causing fierce competition during the short two-month harvesting season.

The herb grows wild in all 55 counties in West Virginia.

 

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