Michael R. Tolley of Hico, W.Va. (pictured right), has set a state record with a radish that tipped the scales at 13.27 pounds.
“We’re seeing more and more entries every year,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. “It’s clear that people are taking a greater interest in home gardening these days. And why not? It’s a great way to have fresh, healthful food on your plate, a rewarding way to get some exercise – and you might even get recognized with a state record citation.”
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has kept records of the largest fruits, vegetables and other plants since 1996.
Entries for next year are open to any fruit or vegetable grown in West Virginia during 2012. Entrants should send photos of their prize plants and documentation to verify their sizes and/or weights to WVDA, Marketing and Development Division, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25305, or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs, as mandated by state law. The Commissioner of Agriculture is one of six statewide elected officials in West Virginia. For more information, visit www.wvagriculture.org.
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