Governor Jim Justice continues to look for opportunities to enhance economic development and create jobs. One area he believes must be a focus is on West Virginia’s agricultural sector.
Governor Justice recently reconstituted the West Virginia Agriculture Advisory Board to look at the future of farming in the Mountain State. Dean Steve Bonanno and Associate Dean Jennifer Williams attended a meeting this week in Charleston to discuss the development of a strategic plan for the state’s agricultural resources. Bonanno will join Governor Justice and Commissioner Kent Leonhardt as members of the advisory board. As part of the strategic planning initiative, the board appointed a steering committee of local and state leaders. Williams will serve on the steering committee.
“As Governor Justice has stated often, West Virginia is in a wonderful position to expand our farming and agricultural resources to enhance job opportunities in our state while supporting the needs of those all around the country,” said Bonanno. “WVU Extension Service is committed to expanding the industry to improve profitability for our agriculturalists which in turn benefits our fellow West Virginians. I look forward to working with this team to look strategically at the resources we have available and how we use those resources to achieve this goal.”