- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

MILL POINT, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick says a new lime plant in Pocahontas County will help farmers improve their land and increase production.

Helmick and other officials participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for Boxley Aggregates of West Virginia’s agricultural lime plant in Mill Point.

The Department of Agriculture says in a news release that the farming industry will use the lime to increase pH levels in soil.

The Division of Natural Resources also will use the lime to improve water quality for trout populations by raising pH levels in the headwaters of streams and rivers in the region.

The plant produces a minimum 50 tons of lime per hour.

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