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 WVDA Announces Second Annual Commissioner of Agriculture for a Day Contest


Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has
announced the start of the second annual Commissioner of Agriculture for a Day
competition. Students ages 9-18 are eligible to enter. Those selected will serve as
honorary Commissioners of Agriculture during the State Fair of West Virginia. The
contest will run from May 1st through July 18th.
“We have lost half our farmers in the last twenty years. At the same time, the average age
of the farmer continues to increase,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.
“We hope to inspire the next generation of producers that our country desperately
To enter the contest, students can submit their presentations to the West Virginia
Department of Agriculture website or to (jensmith@wvda.us). The theme for this year’s
contest is “The Future of Agriculture: Ideas for Feeding the World”. Acceptable forms
for entry include: audio visual presentations such as photography or videos and written
essays and poems, short stories and academic papers. All submissions must be received
by July 18th.
“The hope is, if students see all the aspects of agriculture first hand, it may open up their
eyes to careers they never knew existed,” stated Department of Education Agriculture,
Science and Natural Resources Cluster Assistant Director Jason Hughes. “This is a great
opportunity and I hope our students, especially FFA and 4-H members, take advantage of
Those students who are chosen to serve as an Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture,
will be given an encompassing tour of the State Fair of West Virginia, meet with
Commissioner Kent Leonhardt, take part in events during the fair and meet various staff
from every division of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Additionally, any
winning submissions will be showcased in the September edition of the Market Bulletin.
For more information or to submit an entry, contact Jennifer Smith jensmith@wvda.us or
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a
variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs. The Commissioner of Agriculture
is one of six statewide elected officials who sits on the Board of Public Works..

Contact Information

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