Agricultural Innovations

Agricultural Innovations is an RCBI initiative to improve opportunities for the farming and agricultural economy across West Virginia. The initiative involves realizing a vision of supporting and enhancing a vibrant local foods system powered by entrepreneurship and innovation.

To achieve this goal, RCBI supports agricultural innovation that helps resolve logistical challenges in the local food supply chain. Additionally, RCBI helps producers, distributors and buyers expand their network through advanced manufacturing practices and product discovery. Agricultural Innovations is funded through a partnership with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

If you have an idea that will improve opportunities for the farming and agricultural economy across West Virginia, this early stage funding opportunity is for you. Funding from RCBI Agricultural Innovations initiative will help you take your innovative idea from concept to reality.

Click here to submit your idea and let us determine whether we can help turn it into a commercial opportunity.

If you have questions, contact Bill Woodrum at 304.781.1670 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


West Virginia Craft Beverage Trail Feasibility Study

With funding from an Appalachian Regional Commission Power Award Grant, a comprehensive study into the feasibility of a craft beverage tourism trail in West Virginia was conducted by DSG Advisors, a consulting group with expertise in corporate location strategy and economic development best practices. DSG is led by Don Schjeldahl, who has worked with brewers and distillers across the country, including the $200 million Sierra Nevada Brewing project near Asheville, North Carolina.

The study identified assets already existing in the region and outlined four priority initiatives to jump-start implementation. Those initiatives include defining and packaging the brand, developing the product offerings, marketing and promoting the trail strategically and creating an organizational structure to champion the initiatives. The study can be found here.