SAM OWENS | Gazette-Mail
Kent Leonhardt gives an acceptance speech after winning the West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture race on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
The state Commissioner of Agriculture is bringing back the West Virginia Agriculture Advisory Board with the goal of setting up a strategic plan to revitalize production in the state.
Commissioner Kent Leonhardt said though the board is required to meet quarterly under state code, neither he nor his staffers can remember this going on whatsoever.
“One of my ultimate goals for this one is to start getting a strategic plan for agriculture in this state, but understanding it’s not just about farming, it’s about the food industry as a whole,” he said. “It’s about food safety, food security and economic development.”
The board will consist of the commissioner, the governor and the director of the cooperative extension service of West Virginia University. The board will also appoint a steering committee to further its goals.
As an example of what it will be working on, Leonhardt said