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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 Day-Long Agritourism Workshop Scheduled Ahead of Small Farms Conference

1/6/2012
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will sponsor an all-day Agritourism Workshop at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown Wednesday, February 29, 2012, as a preface to the WVU Extension Service’s Small Farms Conference in the same location March 1-3.

Although related, the Agritourism Workshop and Small Farms Conference are separate and require separate registrations.

“Agritourism is a growing niche market that can help farm owners add another income stream to their farm operations,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. “Besides being an income opportunity, agritourism helps connect the public with the source of their food, which creates a greater awareness of the good work done by farmers everywhere.”

Among the featured speakers are Hugh McPherson, owner of Maize Quest, and Donna Alt of Brookdale Farms in Mineral County, West Virginia. McPherson is well-known throughout the eastern United States for his energetic and motivational presentations – and for franchising his Maize Quest product to more than 70 farms in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Brookdale is a successful, diversified venture that features an annual corn maze, animal interaction and a working farm.

“The Agritourism Workshop may be of interest to anyone involved in farming, but we’re tailoring it to current or prospective agritourism business owners, fairs and festivals representatives, convention and visitors bureaus, chamber of commerce, and other local officials,” said WVDA Marketing and Development Division Director Jean Smith.

Agenda items include training and managing employees, connecting agriculture and tourism in West Virginia, fee fishing operations, educational programs, effective advertising, developing regional agritourism itineraries and event planning.

Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass and Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver are scheduled to present the 2012 West Virginia Agritourism Awards following lunch. A full agenda is available at http://www.wvagriculture.org/images/marketing/ConferenceAgenda-1-2-12.pdf.

Cost for the Agritourism Workshop is $65 and includes breakfast and lunch. To register, contact Melissa Hudson-Beller at 304-558-2210, or e-mail to mhudson@wvda.us. WVDA cannot accept credit cards or cash. Checks can be mailed ahead of time and will be accepted the morning of the workshop.

Funding for this event is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.

For more information on the Small Farms Conference, visit http://smallfarmcenter.ext.wvu.edu/conference/registration.

Contact Information

Melissa Hudson-Beller
304-558-2210
mhudson@wvda.us