2017 was a monumental year for farmers, West Virginia, and our cooperative. In a developing industry that is new to everybody, we’re becoming experts in overcoming obstacles while trying to create jobs in the mountain state. West Virginia hasn’t seen this amount of legal cannabis planted since the beginning of WWII, and our governor has signed medical cannabis legislation in April of 2017. Although the cannabis industries in West Virginia are not perfect, it shows promise to provide an economic boost while benefiting the health and wellness of our people and environment.
To prepare us for future obstacles, WVFC, Inc. CEO, J. Morgan Leach, is preparing a business pitch at the WV Good Jobs Conference to apply for funding to create “good jobs” in Appalachia through our cooperative. He also presented at the Medical Cannabis Conference last week at Mountain State Education, and frequently travels to educate folk across Appalachia about emerging opportunities to benefit our communities.
We owe thanks to the administrators at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture for working with us through the kinks in the pilot program’s procedure. We’re just a bunch of folk who believe in the cause and want to be a part of the change to make this economic shift happen, and without the helpful coordination from the WVDA, we would not have made it this far. We had a productive meeting with them last week to discuss industry needs within the state, and how we can work together to meet these needs. Afterwards, we visited our President’s industrial hemp farm in Monongalia County to check out their hemp drying facility, enjoy food and drinks with our affiliates and partners, and watch a spectrometer demonstration on our hemp material.
If you would like to contact the cooperative to inquire how you may be able to get involved with West Virginia hemp, contact Robby Kerr at (304) 917-9189.