Commissioner of Agriculture to visit area

West Virginia’s Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick will visit Jefferson County on July 8 to tour county farms and facilities. It will be the first visit of a WVDA commissioner to the county in 20 years, and he will be accompanied by Jefferson County resident and native Bob Tabb, who is a Senior manager in the department.

The visit is being hosted by the Jefferson County Development Authority’s Agricultural Office of Development. Stops over the course of the day will include farms doing intensive vegetable production, aquaculture, and value added processing, as well as a visit to the WVU research station in Kearneysville to see the latest research projects, and a potential new farmer training site.

“We worked had to get the commissioner up here,” said John Reisenweber, development authority executive director, “and we think our ADO has put together a tour that will really show Helmick the potential Jefferson County has for helping achieve his ambitious goals for West Virginia agriculture.”

There will also be three meet and greet sessions with the commissioner for local farmers and interested citizens, as well as numerous press opportunities.

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