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.

 State Regulatory Officers on Lookout for Potentially Contaminated Chicken

West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) regulatory officers will be looking for Foster Farms poultry implicated in a Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak, although the likelihood of finding any in this state is low.

“Our staff has the information federal investigators have uncovered so far,” said West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “It appears that this is primarily an issue in the western United States, but we want to take reasonable precautions here.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports nearly 300 people in 18 states have become ill and that signs point to raw chicken from California-based Foster Farms being the culprit. At least seven different strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been tied to the outbreak. Compounding the outbreak is the fact that many of the cases appear resistant to antibiotic treatments. About 42 percent of documented patients have been hospitalized, about double the typical Salmonella outbreak.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has not identified specific products or production periods, but says that the affected meat came from one of three plants and bears establishment numbers P6137, P6137A or P7632.

The chicken was distributed to retail outlets mainly in California, Oregon and Washington, but illnesses have been reported in 15 other states as well: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture