Jackson County farmers, veterans can profit from agriculture classes

Other than his family, nothing is more important to John David Johnson than crops, cattle, farmers and veterans.

He has been involved with the first three for most of his life. With his new position under the West Virginia National Guard, he gets to add the fourth.

As the agricultural career specialist with the West Virginia National Guard’s Patriot Guardens initiative, Johnson gets to teach, demonstrate and encourage both veteran and civilian farmers.

“Agriculture is the backbone of this area,” Johnson said. “Food security is vital to the infrastructure and security of this country. We cannot stand strong as a nation if we cannot feed ourselves. Helping our military personnel learn these skills is especially rewarding.”

That passion for agriculture has guided Johnson throughout his life. He came to Jackson County from Georgia several years ago to serve as the West Virginia University extension agent for the county.

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