Farmers are among the most environmentally conscious people in West Virginia. They depend on healthy soil and untainted water to grow crops and raise livestock.
And some of them are being targeted by the same U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that seems intent on crippling many manufacturers and power generators.
Kent Leonhardt, candidate for state commissioner of agriculture, wants to do something about that. One of the primary planks in his campaign platform is working to reverse the overreach of government regulation, such as that being faced by poultry farmers in eastern West Virginia.
For a variety of reasons, Leonhardt is the best choice for voters who will select a new agriculture commissioner in the Nov. 6 election. A fulltime farmer, Leonhardt has the expertise and the dedication to expand the agriculture economy in our state.
Allowing farmers to go about their work without undue government interference is essential to making that happen. The News-Register recommends voting for Leonhardt for agriculture commissioner.