Charleston, WV - Six students, ranging in age from
9-16, will serve as Honorary Commissioners of Agriculture for the Day during
the State Fair of West Virginia, August 10-19. The West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) sponsored the contest with the theme "Local Food: Why
It Matters." Each student entered an essay, video or photo presentation
explaining the importance of locally grown food and how it impacts the state's
economy, environment and health.
wanted to provide a firsthand experience for students across the state to see
what careers in agriculture look like. No better way to do that than to shadow
my staff and myself during one our busiest times of the year," stressed
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. "We hope these students
take away a new appreciation for our food system after this experience."
winners will spend the day with Commissioner Leonhardt and the WVDA staff.
They'll sit in on meetings and events, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the
fair and will be featured in the September issue of the Market Bulletin.
2017 Honorary Commissioners of Agriculture for a Day contest winners are:
Sophie Slack - Hurricane Middle School, Putnam
Sophie loves to garden. She grows vegetables as well as flowers and aloe and
loves to share her harvest with others. She attends the West Virginia
University Extension Service Camp.
Maeva Robinson - Rainelle
Elementary, Greenbrier County
9, knows what it means to put in a hard day's work. She spends a few days a week
after school working in the Rainelle Elementary high tunnel. Her parents built
her a greenhouse at home to extend the planting season. She spends her summers
working at the farmers' market. Maeva says, "Locally grown food matters
because it builds the community and supports a clean environment."
Elizabeth Ours - Petersburg High School, Grant
loves animals. The 16-years-old is a member of FFA and shows livestock at the
Grant County Fair. She is a past winner of the Regional Creed and Public
Speaking Contests for FFA. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) with
FFA includes: pigs, strawberries, an aquaponics project and working in
Emily Yates - East Hardy High School, Hardy
just 15-years-old, Emily Yates is a seasoned pro on the farm. She raises bulls,
heifers, hogs, sheep and goats, which she will be selling at this year's State
Fair. Emily also grows corn, strawberries, and green beans on the farm.
Julianna Rexroad - Braxton County High School, Braxton
2016, 13-year-old Julianna participated in the 4-H heifer project. She showed
her registered Limousin heifer at Junior Nationals. Julianna likes working with
her grandpa on his 300-acre farm.
Price - Weir High School, Hancock County
Devin has grown up on two family farms, one in Doddridge County, the other in
the Eastern Panhandle. Devin's favorite thing on the farm are tractors and has
been researching them since he was little. Devin grows beans, tomatoes, and
peppers in his garden. Devin says, "Local food provides good, sustainable
jobs for many members of the community."
more information about the WVDA Honorary Agriculture Commissioner for a Day
contest, contact WVDA Communications Director Crescent Gallagher at
304-558-3708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director email@example.com, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922