Charleston, WV – The 14th annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference
is set to begin Wednesday, February 21st at
the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, WV. The Small Farm Conference is
hosted by West Virginia University Extension Services, in conjunction with
the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and various partners.
“West Virginia has
over 20,000 farms. Most of those operations are small. This gives West
Virginia one of the highest percentages of small farms in the country,”
said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “These small farms are the
essence of West Virginia agriculture.”
attendees will hear from topic experts speak on issues including: animal
production, specialty crops, valued-added products, Farm to School,
agritourism and how to seek marketing opportunities. The WVDA will hold a
West Virginia Grown stakeholder meeting, seeking valuable input from state
agriculturalists, with a complete relaunch of the branding program set for
this spring. There will also be a viewing of the documentary, Farmers
for America, narrated by Mike Rowe Friday evening.
“The small farm conference
is a celebration of our family farms and the exploration of improved
management techniques and science to help our communities prosper,” said
WVU Extension Service Small Farm Center Program Leader Tom McConnell.
national organization focused on inspiring young women to pursue careers in
agriculture, will host an event during the conference. The event will take
place 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22nd and is open to young women ages 16–22.
Participants will hear firsthand stories from various successful