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May 15, 2014

U.S. Rep. McKinley hears concerns of W.Va. farmers

Congressman makes stops in three counties

BURLINGTON, W.Va. — U.S. Rep. David McKinley completed a tour of three farms on Tuesday in eastern West Virginia to highlight the importance of agriculture in the Mountain State and better understand the challenge the agricultural community faces.

“From sun up to sun down our farmers are hard at work to ensure our families can put food on the table,” said McKinley. “They are a key part of our economy and create good jobs. Unfortunately, the government often makes their jobs harder with red tape and excessive regulations.

“As we saw with the Alt farm, the EPA and other agencies impose unnecessary and overbearing rules on their family businesses,” said McKinley. “Today was a great opportunity to listen and learn what we can do to help them in Washington.”

McKinley toured the Flying W Farm in Burlington; the Eight is Enough Farm in Old Fields; and the Cottage Hill Farm in Petersburg.

“We are thrilled Congressman McKinley has a continuing interest in agriculture production industries in West Virginia and are excited that he visited three outstanding farms in our state,” said Stephen Butler, administrator with the West Virginia Farm Bureau.

“The West Virginia farming family is made up of hard-working people who are dedicated to improving our lives,” added McKinley. “They make our communities and state a better place to live and we want to do all we can to work on their behalf.”

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