10/22/2013 7:38 AM
by Nadine Grimley
(Picture Courtesy: www.wvagriculture.org)
CHARLESTON - A division of the state Department of Agriculture that deals with plant pests and diseases is getting a new director.
Agriculture Commissioner Walk Helmick said Eric Ewing will become the Plant Industries Director on November 1st. Ewing currently served as the Assistant Director. He's a resident of Pax and started with the department back in 1955. He's replacing Sherri Hutchinson.
The Plant Industries Division protects the state's agricultural interests and forests from destructive insects, plant diseases, noxious weeds, and other pest organisms through detection, regulatory, and control programs.