CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Senate has approved measures to promote and regulate deer farming.
Under the bill approved Saturday, the Department of Agriculture would regulate deer raised for meat and for breeding purposes.
The Division of Natural Resources would regulate fencing and pen sizes.
Sen. Daniel Hall said deer are already being farmed in West Virginia under the oversight of Natural Resources, which opposes using deer as an agricultural product.
Hall said promoting deer farming allows landowners in the mountainous southern regions to have an agricultural product suited to local landscape.
Senate changes to include white tail deer and elk as non-meat resources must be approved by the House.
Sen. Ronald Miller expects the bill to go into conference Saturday evening.