Swine Influenza Detected in Jackson County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Friday, July 29, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) received multiple reports from the Jackson County Fair of swine exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever. Samples were collected the same day and submitted to Moorefield Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, a WVDA animal testing lab. The …

WVDA to Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is celebrating the tremendous growth in farmers’ markets across the Mountain State during National Farmers’ Market Week, August 7-13. Over the last four years, the number of farmers’ markets in West Virginia has nearly tripled. In 2019, there were 93 registered farmers’ markets across the State. Today, that number has …

WVDA Announces Return of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) announced Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) vouchers will be available starting Tuesday, August 2. Vouchers are delivered to county senior citizens centers where they are distributed to eligible seniors. To qualify for the vouchers, you must be over the age of 60 and meet certain financial requirements.   “The …

Agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay is a Success: Not a Goal Post

In the 1980s, I spent most of my time as a young Marine stationed in Maryland. Whenever I was afforded leave, crabbing and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay was a top priority. Sharing stories, buying oysters for $10 a bushel and attempting to catch a quick bite to eat was quintessential relaxation. Even the famous rock fish was coming back …

WVDA 2021 State Fair Guide

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The State Fair of West Virginia is set to begin Thursday, August 12 and will run until Saturday, August 21 in Fairlea, WV. This year, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will be hosting the West Virginia Grown Country Store at the Gus R. Douglas Agriculture Annex Building. The store will be open daily from 9:00 …

West Virginia Must Support the State Fair

Last June, West Virginia and the nation were facing a growing pandemic which threatened to bring our daily lives to a screeching halt. In light of public safety, many event organizers decided to cancel their gatherings including the hundreds of fairs and festivals hosted around the state. Despite getting approval from the Governor, the State Fair and its board followed …