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.

 WVDA Announces Potato-Testing Project at Huttonsville

5/9/2014
West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick announced today that a potato-testing project is being conducted during the 2014 growing season on tracts of WVDA property located adjacent to the Huttonsville Correctional Center in Randolph County and the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County.

Helmick said that up to 14 different varietals have been planted at both sites and the results generated from the two projects will be utilized to determine which types of potatoes will provide the most productive yields in those two regions of the state.     
 
The testing will also help to detail a framework for future potato planting on both state-owned and private farmland to help meet the growing demand for this crop both inside and outside of West Virginia.    
 
"As I've been saying since taking office last year, we have a $6 billion opportunity here in West Virginia and what it really amounts to is being able to grow fresh products in West Virginia for West Virginians to consume," Commissioner Helmick said. "This potato project at Lakin and Huttonsville will establish a solid baseline for which varietals will perform the best in those regions of the state and we will use that to begin boosting potato production in West Virginia so that we don't have to import them from other states.    
 
"It will also help us to continue in our efforts to attract large scale potato buyers to do business with us," Commissioner Helmick added. "We've been working diligently to establish some aggregation sites in various locations across the state so we can assist farmers in establishing a reliable market and distribution network for our West Virginia grown products.
 
"This testing project is the next step in the process." 

Contact Information

Buddy Davidson
 
bdavidson@wvda.us