CHARLESTON, WV -Today, Governor Jim
Justice issued the following statement:
farmed all my life and I have big ideas on how to grow agriculture jobs in
West Virginia. I want to bring them to the Agriculture Advisory Board. I want
to find a niche crop that we can market to the world. Why can’t we have the
Almost Heaven Tomato? It can be the next Vidalia Onion or Idaho potato.
"Agriculture is a sleeping giant. We have so many opportunities for
commercial feedlots on reclaimed mine sites, possibilities for taking advantage
of our waters, and the chance to solve our forestry issues--- it’s all right
at our fingertips.
"We are within 600 miles of two-thirds of the U.S. population and have
such amazing marketing potential, it’s off the charts. Plus, we have such
fertile soil, great climate and rainfall, and perfect growing temperatures
here in West Virginia."