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.

 West Virginia Livestock Prices Available Despite Shutdown

West Virginia livestock producers can still get up-to-date livestock sales prices, despite the shutdown of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) market reporting website because of the federal shutdown.

The Livestock Market News Report provides information on prices received. Information from livestock sales typically is collected and updated by WVDA employees on a near-daily basis and reported to USDA, which USDA then includes in a national market report. WVDA’s website usually links to USDA’s national report, but will now post its own report on West Virginia sales directly on its own website at wvagriculture.org/Division_Webpages/Market%20News.html.

“This is important information for our livestock producers that allows them to make informed decisions about the best time to market their animals based on the current state of the market. We want to make sure they have uninterrupted access to that data,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.

This is a busy time of year for livestock auction markets, he added. Several sales are scheduled for the coming week, he said. For more information, contact WVDA’s Livestock Marketing Specialist Tracy Fitzsimmons at 304-558-2210.

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WVDA’s Livestock Marketing Specialist Tracy Fitzsimmons