Kent Leonhardt is the commissioner of the West Virginia department of agriculture. He was elected in November of 2016 and took office in January of 2017. Kent is also a farmer operating a 380 acre farm near Fairview in Monongalia County, West Virginia. He raises sheep, cattle, goats, and hay. He formerly served in the West Virginia state senate for the second district. He is retired from the United States Marine Core as a lieutenant colonel, holds a degree in wildlife management from the University of Missouri, and an MBA from Central Michigan University.







  • 4:02 Kent take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your life.
  • 9:36 What is the thing you are most excited about for WV agriculture – right now?
  • 15:16 Tell us about some of the things you have done since taking your position.
  • 20:18 Positively West Virginia Commercial Break
  • 21:13 What is the vision for the WV agriculture department long-term?
  • 24:10 Tell us about the increase in hemp farming in WV.
  • 27:06 What programs are you running to get young people involved?
  • 30:08 What is one piece of advice you would give a young farmer?
  • 31:37 What would you do with an acre of land?
  • 34:21 What is one thing you do everyday that contributes to your success?
  • 36:20 What book or podcast would you recommend?
  • 37:44 Is there anything else you would like people to know about your story?
  • 39:99 How can our listeners learn more about the depart of agriculture?