Issues

 

Better Planning

Kent Leonhardt will use his military training to better plan food and water distribution through emergencies to ensure that citizens have access to vital supplies.

Greater Access

West Virginia’s rural population has limited access to fresh foods. Kent Leonhardt will better serve these food deserts by linking locally grown produce through farm stands and markets to citizens.

Innovative Approach

Kent Leonhardt will use an innovative approach to expanding agriculture through vertical farming in urban areas. He will also help promote and grow our specialty food businesses to better enable West Virginia products to be sold within and outside of West Virginia.

Helping Veterans

Kent Leonhardt understands the difficulty our veterans face when they transition out of the military. He will expand the Homegrown by Heroes program to get more of our veterans established in agriculture.

Overreach of Government Regulation

Kent Leonhardt believes the job of our government is to work to encourage a free market that will create growth of all businesses, rather than cavalierly eliminating jobs and destroying local economies with lawsuits and burdensome regulations.

Agricultural Outreach

Kent Leonhardt supports initiatives that teach consumers about where food comes from and will champion programs that allow non-farmers to develop a stronger connection to West Virginia’s farms.

Expand Opportunities for Agritourism.

Kent Leonhardt supports efforts to grow the Tourism industry within West Virginia by expanding the opportunities for Agritourism. Agritourism is currently one of the fastest growing sources of farm revenue in the United States. We can connect and attract visitors to our state by proudly showcasing local West Virginia farms and the products they produce.

Young people are the future of agriculture in West Virginia

Kent Leonhardt supports agricultural education in every way possible.  He will be an advocate for FFA, The Beginner Farmer Program and 4-H all across West Virginia.  These programs not only prepare West Virginia’s young people for successful careers in agriculture, but they teach students leadership skills that will benefit them in all facets of life, no matter what careers they choose.