West Virginia Agriculture

Family farming ties are strong in West Virginia – 95 percent of farms in the state are family-owned, the highest number in the U.S. Around 23,000 farms averaging 157 acres in size call West Virginia home. The Mountain State is also the third most-forested state with 12 million acres of forestland.

West Virginia’s top agricultural commodity is broiler production, which makes up more than 30 percent of its agricultural receipts. Beef cattle and calves account for over 20 percent. Other important livestock products include dairy, turkeys and chicken eggs. As for crops, hay is No. 1 in the state. Additional crops include apples, corn for grain, soybeans and tobacco. Many farmers also produce sheep and lambs, hogs, peaches, honey, farm-raised fish and wool.