Charleston, WV - On Wednesday, February 7th, the agricultural
community of West Virginia will descend upon the State Capitol for the 2018
Agriculture and Conservation Day at the Legislature. Each year, the West
Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) hosts agricultural stakeholders at
the Capitol to showcase innovations in the industry and programs around the
state, as well as allow those stakeholders to voice their concerns to West
Virginia’s two legislative bodies.
“People often forget
there are two professions on our state flag. One is a coal miner and the other
is a farmer,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Agriculture
touches the lives of every West Virginian every day”
During Ag Day at the
Legislature, the West Virginia Agricultural Advisory Board will meet to discuss
progress on the development of an agriculture strategic plan for West Virginia.
The board was relaunched by Governor Jim Justice, WVU Extension Services and
Commissioner Leonhardt in July of 2017.
“Timber and agricultural
producers bring $5 billion to West Virginia every year. There is even more room
for growth if we just start taking agricultural seriously. I hope the
Legislature realizes that,” Leonhardt said.
The WVDA, along with
the WV Maple Syrup Producers Association, will also host a maple pancake
tasting and a ceremonial tree taping to celebrate West Virginia’s burgeoning
maple industry and maple season.
Maple Syrup Pancake
Time: 8:00 – 10:00
Rotunda 2nd Floor.
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Grounds just outside the Governor’s Office.
Agriculture Advisory Board Meeting
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Governor’s Conference Room
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922