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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 Poultry Laboratory Recertified After Rigorous Review

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory in Moorefield has been recertified as a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for 2013 following an in-depth review process.

Laboratory personnel are approved to run diagnostic tests for avian influenza and Newcastle Disease, both major concerns for the commercial poultry industry that is centered in Moorefield.

“When the regional economy is at stake, it’s absolutely critical that the Department of Agriculture can provide the best of laboratory services in as timely a fashion as possible,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “This certification shows that we are as good as anybody in the country when it comes to the services we provide at the Moorefield laboratory.”

NAHLN is a cooperative effort among two USDA agencies — the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and state laboratories throughout the country. The laboratories focus on animal diseases and use common testing methods and software platforms to process diagnostic requests and share information.

NAHLN membership is contingent on a wide variety of factors, including laboratory facilities, equipment, procedures, security, record-keeping, quality system and expertise of personnel.

“The proficiency test is very difficult and must be taken annually. Each microbiologist runs predetermined samples, and they can only miss one out of 30 determinations. I’m extremely proud of them, and of our poultry lab in general,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Jewell Plumley, head of WVDA’s Animal Health Division.

“Going through this process is truly making us a better laboratory. When we have meetings with other states and they hear about the program West Virginia has and the cross training of all employees they’re very impressed,” she said.

Meanwhile, other WVDA laboratories outside of Charleston continue to operate in 60-year-old former barracks. Commissioner Helmick said he wants to see those labs moved to a facility that is specifically designed for that type of work.

“These programs need and deserve a better home,” he said. “I am committed to making that happen.”

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture