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.

 Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick Announces New Leadership Team

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick has announced key players who will be taking leadership roles under his new administration at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA).

“These individuals bring the skills and experience to create greater economic opportunity for our agricultural community,” said Commissioner Helmick, who was sworn into office January 14. “Working together as a team, I’m confident we can make our state a better place for all West Virginians.

Chris Ferro is Commissioner Helmick’s new Chief of Staff. He will handle day-to-day operations at WVDA headquarters at Guthrie.

“Chris is energetic and has a great deal of experience working in government here in Charleston. I think he’s a great fit to take over the operational responsibilities of the Department,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.

Ferro most recently served as Deputy General Counsel to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, Ferro worked in Charleston as an associate attorney with the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC. He also worked as a staff attorney for the Senate Judiciary Committee in the West Virginia Legislature and as a staff member for Governor Bob Wise.

A native of McMechen in Marshall County, Ferro received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from West Virginia University in 2002, graduating magna cum laude and as a University Honors Scholar, and his juris doctorate from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2007. He lives in St. Albans with his wife Keri, stepdaughter Abigail, and son Braxton Thomas.

Hardy County resident Mike Teets is the new Senior Manager for Eastern Operations at WVDA’s Regional Agricultural Complex at Moorefield.

“Mike is a very successful farmer who has experience in government, and who understands the economic importance of agriculture to the Eastern Panhandle region and the state,” said Commissioner Helmick. “I’m extremely pleased he has agreed to join the Department.”

Teets was the 2008 Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture. He and his son, Matthew, operate Teets Farms in Lost River. He started the farm in 1973 with just 27 cattle. Since then, his operation has grown to produce more than 1,000 cattle and 250,000 turkeys annually, plus 600 acres of corn, hay and alfalfa.

Teets serves on the Hardy County Commission and helped organize the county’s Farm Preservation Board. While on the commission he has worked with local, state and federal leaders to bring safe drinking water to rural areas of the county and develop business and industrial parks throughout the county. He also is a longtime member and has served as vice president of the Hardy County Rural Development Authority.

Teets and his wife, Joyce Godlove Teets, also have a daughter, Dr. Tina Teets Keplinger, a veterinarian who owns and practices at Lost River Animal Hospital, and six grandchildren.

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture