Agriculture must remain part of Hardy County’s comprehensive plan

As a resident of Hardy County, West Virginia, I know how important agriculture and the poultry industry are to the area.

Many in the community rely on the industry for employment to provide for themselves and without agriculture, Hardy County would be absent the way of life people have known for decades.

Whether working with poultry, cattle or crops, those who make their living in agriculture know the true meaning of hard work and that’s something to take pride in.

The poultry industry especially has aided in providing many Hardy County residents with means of employment and a way to keep money in local communities, supporting businesses and organizations of all types. Being the largest employer in the county, the absence of poultry would not only harm growers, but also would affect other businesses and establishments in the area as well, which is why its presence matters here.

Hardy County is noticed statewide as being a leader in West Virginia agriculture, with poultry and other agriculture products making their way across the country. Limiting agriculture in the county could reduce the number of agricultural items produced and sent elsewhere, not just poultry. This could mean less food in grocery stores, restaurants and on home tables.

For Hardy County to succeed, its agricultural importance should not be forgotten and should be an important part of the county’s comprehensive plan.

Lester Funkhouser

Baker, W.Va.

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