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.

 Preliminary 2012 Census Results Provide a Snapshot of West Virginia Agriculture

3/20/2014

 

The value of West Virginia's agricultural products increased 37 percent over the past five years to a total of $809 million, according to preliminary results from the Census of Agriculture, produced every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS).
 
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick met with USDA-NASS Regional Director David Knopf to go over some of the first findings to come out of the Census data that was gathered in 2012 and analyzed during 2013. "I'm very pleased to see West Virginia's total agricultural value going up, but I caution that it's not necessarily representative of greater production or even a greater profit margin for our farmers," said Commissioner Helmick.

"That figure by itself doesn't factor in the rising costs of feed, fuel and other inputs, nor does it account for the fact that we've actually lost two percent of our farmland since the last Census. Commissioner Helmick noted that West Virginians are consuming over seven times more food than the $800 million currently being produced in the state. "There is an enormous opportunity for existing and prospective professional farmers to get in on the ground floor of the local food movement in West Virginia," said Commissioner Helmick.

"There are literally billions of dollars that are leaving our state each year to buy food that we could be producing right here." The Census of Agriculture is conducted every five years - the last one in 2007. First published in 1840, the Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. When available in May, the final report will provide even more detailed information for West Virginia providing data on all farm operators and data down to the county level.
 
"One of the most important takeaways to remember about the Census of Agriculture is that the information is used for decision-making by producers as well as all those who serve farmers, ranchers and rural communities - federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, trade associations and many others," said Knopf. "When we look at the data for our state, we can all use it as a snapshot in time to see how West Virginia agriculture is changing over time and how it compared to the rest of the country."
 
Among the other preliminary findings: West Virginia had 21,489 farms, down nine percent from 2007. Land in farms decreased by only two percent to 3.6 million acres. The average age of a principal farm operator in West Virginia was 59.7 years, up 1.6 years since 2007, and continuing a trend of steady increase. For more information, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov.

Contact Information

Buddy Davidson 
304-558-3708
bdavidson@wvda.us