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.

 Military vets, farmers invited to free ag business plan seminar

8/28/2014

 

Knowing how to grow things is only half the battle when it comes to making money from farming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the median farm income for 2014 will be negative $1,626, and over 90 percent of all farm households will rely on multiple sources of income. So farmers also need to know how to "put the pencil" to their operations to ensure they are maximizing profits.
 
To help them do that, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will sponsor a "Farm Business Planning Short Course" to help "West Virginia Veterans to Agriculture" participants and the rest of the farm community develop business plans that can steer them toward the black side of the ledger sheet.
 
The free seminar will be held at Milton Pumpkin Park Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Participants will explore the components of a business plan and work with a three-page template they can customize. The focus of the course will be beekeeping and specialty crops, common products for West Virginia's small farmers.
 
While there is no cost for the program, pre-registration is required. Contact Beth Ann Earl at bethann.earl@gmail.com or WVDA's Marketing &Development Division at 304-558-2210.
 
"Not every farmer is concerned with making money. Some just farm to have fresh meat and produce for their own families," said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. "However, there is a huge opportunity for West Virginia farmers to make money. We consume over $7 billion in food each year, yet we produce less than $1 billion. That's a gap we need to close for the good our state's economy."
 
The instructor will be Doolarie Singh-Knights, Ph.D, WVU Extension Assistant Professor.
 
"Research has shown that the most useful and relevant business plans for profitable small businesses are those that clearly focus on three critical factors to success, namely production, marketing and finances. The three-page business plan will simplify the business planning process by helping 'agripreneurs' develop or refine practical action plans," said Dr. Singh-Knights.
 
The Veterans to Agriculture project was started by WVDA to help veterans find meaningful and therapeutic occupations in agriculture by providing them with training, resources and materials to develop their own farm-related businesses.

Contact Information

Buddy Davidson
304-558-3708