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.

 Agritourism Workshop Scheduled During 2013 Small Farm Conference

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will sponsor an all-day Agritourism Workshop Thursday, February 28, as part of the WVU Extension Service’s Small Farm Conference, which will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown February 27-March 2.]

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick noted that agritourism can provide financial benefits to farms and educational opportunities to the public.

“Agritourism can have a direct impact on our state’s rural communities and economies,” said Commissioner Helmick. “Our agriculture businesses can demonstrate what farming is all about, while at the same time improving their bottom lines. I encourage all stakeholders in the industry to attend this workshop, which will be an excellent informational and networking opportunity.”

West Virginia leads the nation in its percentage of family-owned and operated farms, which provides them the flexibility to explore new business models, Commissioner Helmick added.

Featured speakers include:
  • Mark Lewis, President and CEO of the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, will address marketing, promotions and sponsorships while emphasizing the importance of partnerships in agriculture and tourism collaborations.
  • West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Dave Arnold, managing director of Class VI River Runners, will talk about the needs and expectations of today’s traveler, keeping the agritourism experience in mind.
  • Ohio State University Extension Educator Eric Barrett will discuss emergency planning on the farm and within agritourism operations. He will also present his newly developed toolkit that he unveiled at the recent national agritourism conference in Oregon.
  • Dr. Dee Singh-Knights, Assistant Professor at WVU, will delve into the financial and planning functions needed for starting, expanding and maintaining agritourism.
  • Technical assistance with planning and business development will also be a focus of the day-long program.

The cost of the workshop is $70 and includes breakfast and lunch. Lunch will feature the annual West Virginia Agritourism Media Awards. For registration information and a full agenda, visit http://smallfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu/conference.

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture