Charleston, WV – West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
Kent Leonhardt released the following statement after the conclusion of the
2018 Legislative session.
agricultural standpoint, we accomplished a lot in the last sixty days,”
Leonhardt said. “Regulations and red tape were reduced, as well as increasing
opportunities for West Virginia producers. There is so much more to be done
but we have started putting West Virginia agriculture on even footing with
the rest of the country.”
Of the several
priorities Commissioner Leonhardt set forth in January, the top three were
accomplished during this Legislative session. This included clarifying code
to allow the department to hire a general counsel, establishing a fund to
rebuild the Guthrie laboratories and direct funding towards the West Virginia
Department of Agriculture’s Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program.
should be proud of not only passing a balanced budget with no tax increases
within the sixty-day session but also putting monies towards the Vets to Ag
program for the first time since its inception. We now feel West Virginia can
continue to be a national leader for veteran issues,” Leonhardt said. “Thank
you to all the delegates and senators that supported this cause.”
4079 – Miscellaneous Rules Bundle (increased the number of rabbits exempted
from inspection and placed kudzu and Japanese barberry, within three years,
on the noxious weed list)
4166 - Establishing a special revenue fund to be known as the "Capital
Improvements Fund — Department of Agriculture Facilities"
141 - Expanding county assessment and collection of head tax on breeding cows
322 - Relating to employees of Department of Agriculture (authorizes the
department to employ an attorney)
375 - Relating to farmers markets (transfers authority from DHHR to WVDA and
allows micro processing permits)
446 - Creating Agritourism Responsibility Act
463 - Establishing group to examine benefits and need of transferring milk
rules and regulations from DHHR to Agriculture
475 - Industrial Hemp Development Act
Revenue Appropriation of $250,000 to Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture
Charleston, Huntington and Logan Farmers Market General Revenue
Appropriations line items to a “WV Farmers Markets General Revenue
Appropriation”. This will enable the department to help additional farmers
markets around the state.
General Revenue Appropriation of $323,490 for the 5 percent state employee
For more information,
contact WVDA Communications Director Crescent Gallagher at email@example.com or 304-558-3708.