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 Offering Safe Food Production Classes in Randolph and Greenbrier Counties

7/12/2013
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will offer Good Handling Practices/Good Agricultural Practices (GHP/GAP) classes next week to help West Virginia food producers protect consumers from food-borne illnesses.

The first class will be held at Camp Pioneer in Beverly on Wednesday. The second class will be Thursday at the WVU Building on the State Fair of West Virginia fairgrounds in Fairlea. Classes will be taught by food safety expert Dr. Robert Williams of Virginia Tech. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. each day, and classes will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost for the course is $25 to cover textbooks.

The class prepares producers for the GHP/GAP audit program. While neither the classes, nor the audits, are required by the state, some wholesalers and institutions require suppliers to have GHP/GAP certification.

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says the program also gives participants an advantage over producers that don’t have GHP/GAP certification.

“We can grow West Virginia’s economy by increasing the amount of local food produced and consumed in the state,” said Commissioner Helmick. “However, we must be able to demonstrate that our local foods are of the highest quality. Consumers will be reassured when they buy from producers who are knowledgeable about food safety practices, and who have gone through an independent audit process.”

The classes are sponsored by the WVDA, the WVU Extension Service and the West Virginia Value Chain Cluster. They are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
For more information, contact Melissa Beller at 304-558-2210 or mbeller@wvda.us.  

Contact Information

Melissa Beller
304-558-2210
mbeller@wvda.us