CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Four students, ranging in age from 11
to 15, will serve as Honorary Commissioners of Agriculture for the Day
during the State Fair of West Virginia, August 9-18. This is the second
year for the contest. Each student submitted a written or video essay on
“The Future of Agriculture: Ideas for Feeding the World.”
“We have to
inspire the next generation of farmers and producers,” said Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Allowing these young people to see myself and
those who work at the department in action may spark a life-time of
learning. This is a great example of do what you preach.”
The students will
spend the day at the fair shadowing Commissioner Leonhardt and his staff,
sit in on meetings and events, tour the fair grounds and learn about all
the ways the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is involved in the
fair. The students will also be featured in the September Market Bulletin.
Isabelle Hauser – Preston County
is a student at Davis Thomas Elementary and Middle School. She is a 5th generation dairy farmer and also raises
sheep on her family farm. She will be serving as Honorary Commissioner on
Friday, August 10.
Jared Moles – Clay County
Jared, who is
homeschooled, already knows a thing or two about farming. Not only does
this 14-year-old raise and care for his own animals, he also helps out in
the family garden. He will be serving as Honorary Commissioner on Sunday,
Laney Burns –
Laney has lived on
her family’s small farm her entire life. She is 11 years old and attends
Tucker Valley Elementary and Middle School. She is already a member of 4-H
and can’t wait to wear the blue FFA jacket. She will be serving as Honorary
Commissioner on Monday, August 13.
Devin Price –
has a green thumb. The Weir High School student grows beans, sunflowers,
tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in his own garden. He will be serving as
Honorary Commissioner on Friday, August 17.
information about the Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture for a Day
program, contact Crescent Gallagher at 304-558-3708 or email@example.com.