Charleston, WV - The West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry
Hall of Fame (WVAFHOF) Foundation has selected five outstanding individuals
to be inducted in 2018. These individuals will be honored at the WVAFHOF
annual banquet at Jackson’s Mill Saturday, July 14. The reception will
start at 5:00 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:00 p.m.
State has a rich heritage rooted in agriculture,” said Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Despite our size, West Virginia citizens have
made significant contributions to advancing agriculture. These individuals
should be proud of the impact they have had on our state or nation.”
the WVAFHOF is reserved for those individuals, businesses, organizations,
institutions and foundations that have made outstanding contributions to
the establishment, development, advancement and improvement of the
agricultural, forestry and family life of West Virginia.
Breshock of Arnett is a
1979 graduate of WVU and is a respected forester and conservationist in the
state, the Appalachian region and the nation. She was the first female
professional forester hired by WV Division of Forestry in 1979. Through the
WV Forest Stewardship program, she organized four workshops per year to
provide forestry continuing education credits to Forest Stewardship Plan
Writers and other registered professional foresters. She also initiated
biological surveys on state forest systems in conjunction with WV Division
of Natural Resources. She has served on the Society of American Foresters
executive committee since 1998. Due to her involvement in partnership
activities on state forest land, the WV Division of Forestry received the
NWTF “Excellence in Agency Partnerships Award.”
Russ Richardson of Arnoldsburg moved to Weston in 1989 to
set up a consulting forestry business and real estate brokerage. In 2007,
he was featured in an article about using the herbicide Acclaim Extra
on invasive Japanese stiltgrass and worked with WVU faculty and graduate
students on his property to test the effectiveness of this new herbicide.
He testified in Charleston six times on issues related to forestry, managed
timberland or ginseng. Much of his expertise on invasive species comes from
his own investments in controlling these plants on his property.
Dr. Robert James
Young (dec.) spent 20 years as
a professor and plant pathology researcher at West Virginia University,
which first became acquainted with him when it started collaborating with
the USDA-ARS in Maine. During his time at WVU, Young became involved in the
National Potato Breeding Program. He provided leadership to the program
from 1963 to 1993. He served on many committees and held many leadership
positions within the potato industry. He also served on the WVU Greenhouse
Planning Committee and the Pesticide Safety Committee. He retired from WVU
in 1993, but at 84 years old, he was still harvesting and evaluating
potatoes, supporting soup kitchens and doing volunteer work.
Richard V. Snuffer
II of Surveyor is a
1977 graduate of WVU and has dedicated his life to agriculture. He has held
many prominent leadership roles within the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA),
including as WV State Executive Director from 2014 to 2017. He has also
been involved with many agricultural organizations throughout the state
such as the WV Cattlemen’s Association. Along with his involvement in
agriculture, he served on the Raleigh Co. Board of Education for 14 years,
serving as president for 10 years.
Skidmore of Centralia
joined the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific from 1944 to 1946.
After his service, he received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from
WVU and later his master’s in agricultural education. His agricultural
education career started at the Veteran’s Farm Training program before he
ended up at Braxton County High School. While there, he led many winning
FFA teams at the state and national level. He also was a huge part of
establishing a horticulture program. In 1985, he was recognized as one of
the nation’s outstanding teachers and presented with the Honorary American
FFA Degree. He served on the Elk Conservation District where he held a
leadership role and received numerous awards. He also has been involved in
4-H, organizing contests in Braxton County.
Banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $35 each and the deadline for
reservations is July 6. Tickets can be purchased from:
Aaron Thacker, W.Va. Forestry Association, 304-372-1955
Tina Payne, W.Va. Division of Forestry, 304-558-2788, ext.
Denise Hunnell, WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry
and Consumer Sciences, 304-293-2395
Robin Gothard, WVDA, 304-558-3200, ext. 1320
Robin Rupenthal, WVU Extension, 304-293-5693