The New River Gorge region has a strong heritage in farming and agriculture production, as well as great depth in natural and organic foods, craft beverages and world class restaurants. Innovation and the determination to thrive continue to define West Virginia’s food and agriculture industry, which has persevered since the first producers broke ground in the state.
The WV Department of Agriculture praises the diversity in production within the New River Gorge Region. Primary production includes grains, tobacco, poultry and eggs, as well as potatoes, sheep and cattle production. The industry generates more than $806 million dollars in economic output for the state annually. Exports are a major driver of the industry, with West Virginia food and agriculture products being imported by dozens of countries worldwide and growing annually.
The NRG maintains a strong reputation for local production agriculture, as well as organic and natural foods, and is a leading producer of specialty products including fresh market potatoes, locally farmed meats, and seasonal produce. Additionally, the region partners with the Greenbrier Valley Grown program to bring locally produced, organic products to local restaurants and school lunchrooms.
The region’s food and beverage manufacturing sectors are both growing sectors within the industry, with concentrations in breweries and food processing facilities.