Ag Commissioner Sees Opportunity in Hemp, Forestry

Commissioner Kent Leonhardt in 2016 speaking during a Senate floor session.
CREDIT MARTIN VALENT / WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Each legislative session, the state’s Constitutional Officers, or the heads of government offices who are elected by the people, bring their priorities to lawmakers and ask for support for various legislative changes.

This year, newly elected Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt is hoping to change the structure of government, expand a growing program that’s been controversial in some parts of the country, and incentivize the purchasing of West Virginia-grown products.

 

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