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How the Scouts' 2017 National Jamboree Will Spotlight Local Agriculture

Those attending the 2017 National Jamboree are in for a delicious treat!

As part of a new partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture will bring locally sourced food to campers at the Summit Bechtel Reserve during next month’s national event. This dynamic relationship will benefit not only the organizations, but also surrounding communities.

“Hosting Scouting’s biggest adventure in West Virginia is a great source of pride for us,” Summit group director, Todd McGregor said in a news release Wednesday. “Extending our support of this great state by sourcing food from local producers is a natural extension of this deep and valued partnership.”

From fresh honey, to mouthwatering maple syrup, Scouts and Scouters from around the U.S. will get to experience West Virginia’s local fare as they nourish themselves to Live Scouting’s Adventure.

“Working with the Boy Scouts and our West Virginia producers, we will open up huge opportunities for economic development within agriculture,” Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt explained.

Of course, this growth opportunity doesn’t end with the 2017 Jamboree. According to Leonhardt, the Department of Agriculture and West Virginia producers are working on a plan to provide future Summit events with fresh, local provisions.

“The Scouts have an amazing commitment to local food and helping West Virginia. This is a win for our state and the New River Gorge region,” Leonhardt said.

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