An increased role of agriculture in West Virginia could serve as a solution to the state’s economic diversity problem, officials said Monday during an agriculture subcommittee meeting on Senate Bill 375, relating to farmers markets.
The bill would transfer rules and regulations of farmers markets from the Department of Health and Human Resources to the Department of Agriculture. It would also change permitting processes for vendors and markets.
Crescent Gallagher, director of communications and legislative liaison for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, said the department wants to see small farmers grow their operations.
“That would happen best under the department of agriculture, where the expertise exists, where the issues are better understood,” he said. “We want to reduce burdens and regulations on the farmers.