CHARLESTON – Did you know that 95 percent of farms in West Virginia are family-owned? That is the highest number in the United States, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Around 23,000 farms averaging 157 acres in size call West Virginia home, the statistics show.
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.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has talked about the potential to grow agriculture and agricultural jobs in the Mountain State.
“Agriculture is a sleeping giant. We have so many opportunities for commercial feedlots on reclaimed mine sites, possibilities for taking advantage of our waters, and the chance to solve