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.

 State Department Of Agriculture Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program For 2011

2/2/2011

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) announced publication of its Request for Proposals for the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program today. Over the past four years, WVDA has distributed approximately $950,000 in funding to 134 projects throughout the state through a competitive grant awards program. The SCBG is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the WVDA. It is anticipated that funding in 2011 will award approximately $170,000 to grant recipients throughout the State.

The grant program encourages cooperative efforts to integrate technology at the farm level, improve marketing and promotion of locally grown specialty crops, and increase production efficiency through research projects. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, herbs, horticulture goods, nursery stock and value-added products.

“The diversity of projects and the issues that have been addressed throughout the state in the last four years is a testament to the importance of specialty crops in West Virginia,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. “We have funded important research work in cultivar selection for fruits and vegetables, marketing programs for start up and expanding farmers’ markets focusing on specialty crop sales, youth projects with research and marketing components, expanded the Food and Culture curriculum in a Raleigh County school to include traditional Appalachian specialty crops and increased awareness of West Virginia value-added specialty crops in regional marketplaces.”

Program guidelines and applicant materials are posted on the WVDA website www.wvagriculture.org. WVDA staff will be available during the 2011 Small Farm Conference in Morgantown (February 17-19) to discuss specific projects and answer questions about the Program. Deadline for application is Monday, March 14, 2011.

For a hard copy of the application form and additional program information, contact Marketing Specialist Melissa Hudson at 304-558-2210 or mhudson@ag.state.wv.us.

Contact Information

Gus R. Douglass
 
douglass@ag.state.wv.us