-- The West Virginia
Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is sponsoring the third annual “Honorary
Commissioner of Agriculture for the Day” contest. Students ages 9-18 are
eligible to enter. Those selected will serve as an Honorary Commissioner of
Agriculture during the State Fair of West Virginia, August 8 – 17.
“We have lost half
our farmers in the last twenty years. At the same time, the average age of
the West Virginia farmer continues to increase,” said Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We hope to inspire the next generation of
producers that our country desperately needs.”
The theme for this
year’s contest is “The Future of Agriculture: How Technology Can Change the
Industry.” Acceptable forms for entry include: audio/visual presentations,
written essays, poems, short stories and academic papers. All submissions
must be received by July 22.
Those students who
are chosen to serve as Honorary Commissioners of Agriculture for the Day
will sit in on meetings and events with the Commissioner, take a
behind-the-scenes tour of the fair and will be featured in the September
issue of the Market Bulletin.
To apply, go to www.agriculture.wv.gov and fill out an application. Submit the
application along with your entry to: West Virginia Department of
Agriculture, Attn. Commissioner for a Day, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East,
Charleston, WV 25305.
information, contact Jennifer Smith at email@example.com or 304-558-3708.