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.

 Winter Bee Losses 'Normal,' According to State Agriculture Department

3/22/2013
West Virginia winter bee losses are “normal” again this year, although West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) cautions that that number can vary widely from apiary to apiary.

“The loss figures are not based on a formal survey, but rather the general impression of WVDA apiary inspectors as they work and communicate with the 962 registered beekeepers which are located throughout the state,” added Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick. “And, through the assistance of a USDA grant, the WVDA Apiary Section will conduct a formal survey of bee populations, disease prevalence and management practices in 2013.”

“The commercial producers are seeing 10- to 15-percent losses; hobbyists might be at 40 percent or higher,” said WVDA Apiary Specialist Paul Poling.

He pointed out that smaller producers might report a much higher percentage loss.

“If someone is only keeping two colonies and one of them dies out, that’s a 50 percent loss for that particular producer,” he said.

Poling also noted that effective mite control is also critical to keeping winter losses to a minimum. Varroa and tracheal mites can infest hives and kill bees. Fumigants have been used to treat colonies, but a new, easier-to-use product is available this year.

Apivar is a chemical pesticide strip using the miticide Amitraz that can simply be placed inside the hive for a recommended 42 days. However, it is not safe for use when honey is being produced, so it is good only for spring and fall treatments. Poling also noted that the weather is not nearly as warm as last year, and that some bee colonies may need supplemental feeding before the nectar starts flowing.

Many bee experts have been concerned in recent years about what has been termed colony collapse disorder (CCD), an as-yet-unidentified condition – or complex of conditions – to explain the disappearance of entire colonies of bees. As of yet, CCD has not been identified in West Virginia.

“The losses we have seen in West Virginia in the past few years have all had some type of explanation, whether it was mites, disease or starvation,” said Poling.

For more information, contact the WVDA’s Apiary Program at 304-558-2210.

Contact Information

WVDA’s Apiary Program
304-558-2210