West Virginia

State Quick Facts

Population
1,792,147

Total State GDP
 $78,189,500,000

State Land Area (Acres)
15,384,320

Land in Forest
78%

Land in Farms
23%

Number of Farms
22,900

Average Farm Size (acres)
153

Farm Real Estate Value (per acre) 
$2,680

Agricultural Cash Receipts 
 $684,604,000

Cash Receipts from Crops 
 $161,109,000

Cash Receipts from Animals 
 $523,494,000

Top Ag. Commodities

Broilers
 $176,924,000

Cattles and Calves
 $173,634,000

Miscellaneous Crops
 $90,720,000

Chicken Eggs
 $54,681,000

Turkeys
 $49,169,000

Top Ag. Exports

Other Plant Products
 $51,925,505

Other Livestock Products
 $21,768,055

Beef and Veal
 $21,630,903

Broiler Meat
 $17,567,445

Other Poultry Products
 $15,507,313

West Virginia Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2018, West Virginia generated around $0.7 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being broilers, cattle and calves, and miscellaneous crops. That same year, the value of West Virginia’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 1.4 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects.

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of West Virginia’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below.

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Information related to West Virginia’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found by visiting the following website(s):

*As of 2018, no standard methodology exists for producing economic impact or economic contribution reports.  Please exercise caution when viewing and comparing reports as each may vary significantly in terms of source data and analysis and reporting methodology.