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Appalachian Outlaws

Appalachian Outlaws

  • Premiered: 
    January 9, 2014
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  • Network: History
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: ginseng

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Plot Synopsis

APPALACHIAN OUTLAWS is a one-hour reality series that follows growers, diggers and middlemen in the ginseng business in the Appalachian Mountains, which have just the right elevation, rainfall and mineral-rich soil to produce the best wild ginseng in the world. Over-harvesting in Asia has increased demand, pushing prices to an all-time high, and people are rushing to cash in. Deep in Appalachia, there's a war brewing over an ancient crop valued at $1,000 a pound. Supply can't keep up with demand and it's causing fierce competition inside and outside the law. To prevent over-harvesting in the U.S., some states have started regulating where it's legal to pull ginseng, which has made territorial lines even blurrier than before. And with ginseng fever heating up, outsiders are creeping in on local's territory to find it, causing massive turf wars over this heavily revered root.These people are featured in APPALACHIAN OUTLAWS: ginseng buyers and competitors Tony Coffman and Corby Patton, as Corby moves in on Tony's territory; Appalachian ginseng whisperer Rufus Keeney, on whom Tony is depending to help push him ahead of the competition; out-of-state senger Greg Shook, who heads to West Virginia, which has fewer regulations on digging; father-and-son team Joe and Mitch Simpson, who need ginseng to buy ammunition and traps for fur season; Ron McMillion and Obie Bennett, who'll go anywhere and do anything to get their hands on the biggest roots; snake hunters Richard and Nathan Evans, who lead a group of non-traditional ginsengers getting in on the action; and Mike Ross, who resorts to military-style tactics to keep poachers away from prized patches.