The West Virginia Agricultural Advisory Board came together to develop a five-year strategic plan to guide the growth of the agricultural economy in West Virginia. West Virginia’s abundant land holds promise for agricultural prosperity for the state and its people. In 2016, West Virginia farmers produced more than $700 million in sales of crops, livestock, poultry, fruits, vegetables and more. And, leaders believe this is only the beginning of what could be a major economic driver for the state’s economy.
In order to identify opportunities for growth, the Agricultural Advisory Board, which is comprised of Governor Jim Justice, Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt and Dean of WVU Extension Service Steven Bonanno, appointed a steering committee tasked with leading a process to develop a long-term, sustainable plan to maximize the agricultural sector in West Virginia.
The following agencies are represented on the Steering Committee:
WV Department of Agriculture
WV Farm Bureau
USDA WV Natural Resources Conservation Service
WV Conservation Agency
WVU Extension Service
WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
West Virginia State University Extension Service
“OUR PARTNERS WANT TO WORK TOGETHER TO SEE OUR FARMING AND AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES BECOME ONE OF THE MAJOR ECONOMIC ENGINES FOR WEST VIRGINIA.”
-Jennifer Williams, Associate Dean, WVU Extension, and co-chair of the steering committee