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.

 Applications Available for 2013 West Virginia Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is accepting applications for the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).

This year’s application process will be streamlined compared to past years. Applicants must submit a two-page “Concept Proposal” for competitive review. Selected projects will then be required to submit a formal grant proposal. Applicants have until March 15, 2013, to submit their two-page proposal.

“Since 2007, WVDA has awarded more than $1.5 million dollars into development of the West Virginia specialty crop industry,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “We are looking for innovative ideas that maximize the return on these grant dollars by growing farm revenue. I hope that the new application process will encourage even more applicants so we can find and fund the very best projects.”

Funding for 2013 is expected to be approximately $180,000. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, integrated technology at the farm level, measurable improved marketing and promotion of locally grown specialty crops, research that increases production efficiency, programs that encourage youth production and entrepreneurship with specialty crops, farm to school concepts and beginning/minority owner farmer initiatives.

The Program is available to groups and organizations involved in the production, processing and/or marketing of fruits and vegetables. Value-added products, such as commercially jarred products, are also eligible if they meet content criteria.

In addition to the Concept Proposal application (available in an online fillable format), instructions and a complete grant document detailing qualifications, procedures, program priorities and eligible products is available at www.wvagriculture.org/SCBGP)_Toolbox.html, or by contacting WVDA Marketing Specialist Melissa Beller at 304-558-2210, mbeller@wvda.us.

The SCBGP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by WVDA.

Contact Information

WVDA Marketing Specialist Melissa Beller