West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 70th State FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Auction Set for March 11

The 70th State FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale will be held Monday, March 11, 2013, at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the State Training Center (Building 7) at the Capitol Complex.

The auction will feature the top 50 hams, 50 bacons and 10 dozens of eggs of those entered in the contest.

“One of the keys to growth of the agricultural industry in West Virginia is to have the younger generation come into the profession,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “This program shows young people that there are financial rewards possible in farming. I congratulate this year’s entrants for a job well done – and I am proud that the Department is a part of this event.”

The sale was first observed in 1941, but some years were skipped during World War II. The sale has generated more than $1.2 million in the 7 decades it has been conducted. FFA students frequently use the money they earn from the sale to help pay for college, or roll it into their next FFA livestock project.

All entries are produced in commercial-grade facilities and inspected and certified by the Meat & Poultry Inspection Division (MPID) of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA).

Last year’s auction raised $32,250.

The top six projects of the night and their sale prices were:
  • Grand champion ham – Ashley Cain, Cameron High School, $8,625
  • Grand champion bacon – Andrew Linville, Cabell Midland High School, $2,475
  • Grand champion eggs – Christina Gower, Nicholas County High School, $1,250
  • Reserve champion ham – J.P. Fleshed, Tyler Consolidated High School, $2,200
  • Reserve champion bacon – Hope Stewart, Tyler Consolidated High School, $280
  • Reserve champion eggs – Alexis Aston, Cameron High School, $500

Sponsors of the show are the WVDA, West Virginia Department of Education, Governor’s Office and Carhartt. Ronald Morrison Auction Services and Resource Marketing Inc., have provided free auctioneer services for the show for many years. Kroger Mid-Atlantic, Tasty Blend Food and WVDA provided ham and bacon biscuits for refreshments.

Contact WVDA Communications Officer Buddy Davidson at 304-541-5932 or by email, bdavidson@wvda.us, for more information.

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WVDA Communications Officer Buddy Davidson