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Column: Local agriculture vital to West Virginia's economic future


As the national food system came to a screeching halt in the early days of the pandemic, the demand for food increased, providing a unique opportunity for local agriculture. 

This opportunity was only possible due to the hoarding of supplies, the closure of restaurants and outbreaks in large scale processing that caused an inability to garner normal goods from large chain grocers. 

To find the necessary nutrition, consumers were forced to turn toward local producers or processors to fill the gaps. 

Luckily, our local farmers took this challenge head on, forging a better relationship with consumers and showing the importance of home-grown agriculture to our well-being. 

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