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 Six to Join Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame


JACKSON’S MILL, W.Va. - The West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame

(WVAFHF) Foundation will recognize six individuals for their outstanding contributions to the

agricultural, forestry and family life of West Virginia. These individuals will be honored at the

annual banquet at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill on Saturday, July 13. A reception

will start the affair at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at the WVU Jackson’s Mill dining hall at 6


“Agriculture and forestry have had a tremendous impact on our state. Folks, like the six being

honored, have helped lay these industries' foundations. Honoring their contributions is the least

we can do,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.

Chartered in 1974, the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame honors West

Virginians who have made outstanding contributions to the establishment, development,

advancement and improvement of agricultural and forest industries in West Virginia and around

the world. The nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation maintains a regional agricultural museum at

WVU Jackson’s Mill, which preserves historical records and memorabilia that have shaped the

state’s agriculture and forestry industries.


2019 Enshrinees:

Linda O. Carnell (Mineral County)

Dr. Betty Crickard McCartney (Monongalia County)

Gary W. Gibson (Kanawha County)

Charles “Chuck” Hunter (Monongalia County)

Russel T. Linger, Jr. (Randolph County)

Thomas Snyder (Braxton County)


The WVAFHF Banquet is open to the public and tickets are $35 each. The deadline for

reservations is July 3. Tickets can be purchased from:

Denise Hunnell, WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, 304-293-

2395 or Denise.Hunnell@mail.wvu.edu

Robin Gothard, WVDA, 304-558-3200, ext. 1320 or rgothard@wvda.us

Robin Rupenthal, WVU Extension Service, 304-293-5693 or robin.rupenthal@mail.wvu.edu

Crystal Squires, WV Farm Bureau, 304-472-2080 or csquires@wvfarm.org

Frank Stewart, WV Forestry Association, 681-265-5019 or wvfa@wvfa.org


For complete bios and more information, visit


Contact Information

Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director cgallagher@wvda.us, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922