- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

HUTTONSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s agriculture commissioner used the opening of a potato processing and packaging plant to make the argument that the state should be doing more to feed its residents.

Commissioner Walt Helmick was in Huttonsville on Thursday for the debut of the WVDA Farm potato processing plant.

The Huttonsville facility will distribute West Virginia-grown potatoes to state institutions, farmers markets and public schools.

Helmick says federal agricultural officials estimate that West Virginians consume more than $7 billion annually in food, yet the state produces significantly less than $1 billion of that total.

He called that a $6 million opportunity.


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