CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Four West Virginia students have been
chosen as this year’s Honorary Commissioners of Agriculture for a Day. The
students, ranging in age from 12 to 16, will serve during the State Fair of
West Virginia, August 8-17. This is the third year of the program. Each
student entered an essay, poem or project with the theme “The Future of
Agriculture: How Technology Can Change the Industry.”
to logistical engineers, our food system is more intertwined with science
and technology than ever before. We must show our students agriculture is
more than farming,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “The
goal of the program is to inspire the next generation of agricultural
The students will
spend their day at the fair shadowing Commissioner Leonhardt and this
staff, sit in on meetings and events, tour the fair grounds and learn all the ways the WVDA is involved in the fair. The students will also be
featured in the September edition of the Market Bulletin.
Cody Mitchell –
is a student at Petersburg High School where he is involved in FFA and 4-H.
He is a fourth-generation farmer who loves raising cattle, pigs and
produce. He hopes to not only feed his family with the food he grows and
produces but also his school and community.
Maverick Smailes –
knows all about farming. His family owns cattle and operates two high
tunnels. The Western Greenbrier Middle School student urges everyone to
purchase food grown by local famers. He says buyers can be confident
they’re eating the very best.
Devon Price –
from Weirton enjoys gardening. This year he’s planted beans, carrots,
cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and sunflowers. His family also owns a farm in
Doddridge County. Devon is a student at Weir High School
Elizabeth Friel –
student at Marlinton Middle, Elizabeth enrolled in horticulture class and
loves working in the school’s greenhouse. She’s shown animals at local FFA
and 4-H sales and has participated in her county’s Ham, Bacon and Egg
For more information
about the Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture for a Day program, contact
Jennifer Smith at 304-558-3708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.