West Virginia is the 10th smallest by area, is ranked 38th in population, and has the second lowest household income of the 50 United States. The capital and largest city is Charleston. The other main cities are Morgantown, Huntington, Parkersburg and Wheeling. West Virginia covers an area of 24,229.76 square miles, with 24,077.73 square miles of land and 152.03 square miles of water, making it the 41st-largest state in the United States The economy of West Virginia nominally would be the 62nd largest economy globally behind Iraq and ahead of Croatia according to 2009 World Bank projections, and the 64th largest behind Iraq and ahead of Libya according to 2009. The state has a projected nominal GSP of $63.34 billion in 2009 according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis report of November 2010, and a real GSP of $55.04 billion. The real GDP growth of the state in 2009 of .7% was the 7th best in the country. Morgantown was ranked by Forbes as the #10 best small city in the nation to conduct business in 2010. Tourism contributed $4.27 billion to the state’s economy and employed 44,400 people in 2010, making it one of the state’s largest industries.

State Department of Agriculture
The mission of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is to protect plant, animal and human health and the state’s food supply through a variety of scientific and regulatory programs; to provide vision, strategic planning and emergency response for agricultural and other civil emergencies; to promote industrial safety and protect consumers through educational and regulatory programs; and to foster economic growth by promoting
West Virginia agriculture and agribusinesses throughout the state and abroad.

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Our West Virginia: Our Mission is to help you find the perfect gift or family heirloom made by the Artisans of Appalachia! Our Vision is to have Appalachian quality products in every home in America.