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The Administrative Services Division
is made up of the Fiscal Management and Building and Grounds units. Fiscal Management is responsible for all day-to-day accounting functions including payroll and benefits processing, travel reimbursement, receivables, procurement, vendor payments and preparation and maintenance of the annual operating budget. Administration and financial management of federal and state grants is also handled by this unit. The Building and Grounds unit is charged with overall maintenance of buildings and upkeep of grounds at the Gus R. Douglass Agriculture Center at Guthrie, as well as the Commissioner's office in the State Capitol, the Moorefield Agricultural Laboratory Complex, and WVDA field offices located around the state.

The Animal Health Division has been given the task to prevent, suppress, control, and eradicate any communicable diseases of animals or poultry.

The Communications Division coordinates the distribution of agriculturally related information to the general public and provides printing and informational support to all other WVDA divisions and the State Conservation Agency, Forestry Division and West Virginia Agricultural Statistics Service. Our main responsibility is the monthly composition, printing and dissemination of The Market Bulletin, as mandated by West Virginia Code, Chapter 19, Article 2, Section 8; answering requests from State Citizens; and, composition and printing of reports, newsletters, directories, forms leaflets, fact sheets, etc., for WVDA and its administrative attachments as directed.

The Marketing & Development Division is a multi-disciplinary division within the West Virginia Department of Agriculture which is responsible for the promotion of West Virginia agricultural products and commodities, economic development and the operation of state-owned farms and farmers' markets.

The Meat and Poultry Inspection Division provides daily inspection of all commercial slaughterhouses and processing establishments to guarantee that only fully inspected, wholesome and truthfully labeled meat and poultry products are offered for sale. Since January 2000, all inspection operations have been conducted on a risk assessment basis, utilizing science-based Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) inspection systems.

The Plant Industries Division protects the State’s agricultural interests and forest lands from destructive insects, plant diseases, noxious weeds, and other pest organisms through pest detection, survey, identification, and control efforts and by enforcing regulations that have been promulgated to protect our crops and forests (both urban and rural). Many of the programs within the Division operate under authority granted by the West Virginia Plant Pest Act (Chapter 19, Section12 of the Code of West Virginia) and the West Virginia Noxious Weed Act (Chapter19, Section 12D of the Code of West Virginia).

The Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Division acts as a consumer protection / consumer service organization, enforcing laws, rules and regulations to protect the public food supply. By regulating agriculture-oriented industries such as feed, fertilizer, lime, seed, etc., the Division's trained staff of regulatory officers (field inspectors), laboratory analysts, product registration specialists and compliance personnel helps guarantee that consumers (both industry and residents) receive quality agricultural products.

West Virginia Department of Agriculture
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
State Capitol, Room E-28
Charleston, WV 25305-0170
304/558-2201; 304/558-2203 (fax)

 
   
 

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