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Leonhardt: West Virginia agri-businesses weather worst of COVID-19 pandemic


While nearly all businesses in West Virginia have struggled over the last 18 months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the state, West Virginia’s farmers and food producers were able to improvise, adapt, and overcome.

Kent Leonhardt, the state’s Agriculture Commissioner, knows how to improvise, adapt, and overcome. As a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, the phrase “improvise, adapt, and overcome” is literally drilled into leathernecks from their time at boot camp until their honorable discharge.

This summer, the state Department of Agriculture is celebrating West Virginia’s farmers and food producers. Today is the final day of National Farmers’ Market Week. There are 155 farmers markets across the state, a 50 percent increase since the department took over regulation of the markets.

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