Resources

 

RESOURCES
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING INFORMATION

 

State of Virginia Links and Resources

State Apiarist:
Keith Tignor
804.786.3515

email: www.vdacs.virginia.gov
email: keith.tignor@vdacs.virginia.gov

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CODE OF VIRGINIA - Bee Laws
SECTION # 44 (click here)

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Pollinator Protection Plan
Virginia’s Voluntary Plan to Mitigate the Risk of Pesticides to Managed Pollinators (Plan) is part of a national effort by state and federal agencies to help reverse pollinator losses and restore pollinator populations

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Beehive Distribution Program 
The Virginia General Assembly created the Beehive Grant Fund for the purpose of promoting the stablishment of new beehives in the Commonwealth
Link to report
Link to Virginia State Documentation

Regional Apiary Inspector:
Amanda Bly
Phone: 434-394-4261
261 Mount Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
email: 
www.vdacs.virginia.gov
email: amanda.bly@vdacs.virginia.gov

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VDACS Regional Apiary Inspectors 
Map & Contact Information Link
(click here)

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Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - FaceBook 

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Invasive Spotted Lantern Fly Information and State Reporting Link
(click here)

 

 

 

 

Honey Bee Coalition 
Their mission is to collaboratively implement solutions that will help to achieve a healthy population of honey bees while also supporting healthy populations of native and managed pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems.

Beekeeping Today Podcast
Check out these podcasts for the latest beekeeping news, information and entertainment for today's beekeeper. Hosts Jeff Ott and Kim Flottum bring you interviews and commentary helping you become a more informed and knowledgeable beekeeper.

Bee Research Lab - bee analysis Samuel K. Abban
Samuel. K. Abban, Biological Science Tech.
10300 Baltimore Avenue
BRL, Bldg. 306, BARC-E
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: 301-504-8821
webpage: Bee Research Laboratory : USDA ARS 

The Bee Research Lab conducts research to improve the health of honey bee colonies and help the beekeeping industry maintain an adequate healthy supply of bees for the pollination of crops.

 

MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

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Northern Virginia Honey Bee Annual Cycle
This is a suggested checklist of events in a beekeeper’s year. Weather conditions, hive locations, hive equipment, and the type of bees will influence actions and events throughout the year.


Honey Bee Coalition 
Their mission is to collaboratively implement solutions that will help to achieve a healthy population of honey bees while also supporting healthy populations of native and managed pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems.

A Beginner's Guide to Walk-Away Splits 
Are you splitting your colonies for the first time?   Check out our beginner's tutorial on walk-away splits! 

Biology and Treatment Methods Against Wax Moth - Katharina Davitt 

Hive Inspection: Learn How to Perform a Spring Hive Inspection 

Swarm Techniques & Tips  

3 Summer Colony Management Strategies  

 

MANAGING YOUR COLONIES

Common Topics of Interest - BONS FAVORITES!
 Articles and videos helpful to your beekeeping experience!

Varroa Management Decision Tool 
Welcome to the Honey Bee Health Coalition’s Varroa Management Tool: Helping beekeepers make informed varroa management and treatment decisions. This tool will walk you through the decisions you need to make to determine how best to manage varroa mites in your hives. 

DO IT NOW
Northern Virginia Honey Bee Annual Cycle
This is a suggested checklist of events in a beekeeper’s year. Weather conditions, hive locations, hive equipment, and the type of bees will influence actions and events throughout the year.

 

 

BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIERS 

Betterbee (NY) Mann Lake   (800) 880-7694
Dadant   (217) 847-3324
(Request a catalog)
Kelley Beekeeping  (800) 233-2899
Fillmore Container  (866) FILL-JAR Eversweet Apiaries  (304) 876-3832
85 Everhart Drive
Kearnysville, WV  25430
The Bee Store  (571) 398-0404
TACKETT'S MILL SHOPPING CENTER
2230 Tacketts Mill Drive
Suite D
Lake Ridge, VA  22192
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Solenberger's True Value Hardware 
832 Berryville Avenue
Winchester, VA  22601

(540) 662-3457

 

Tractor Supply Store   
150 Getty Lane
Winchester, VA

(540) 535-0058
Southern States - Winchester Branch
447 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601

(540) 662-0375
Southern States - Stephens City Branch
5784 Valley Pike
Stephens City, VA 22655

(540) 869-3132
Rural King - Front Royal
465 South Street
Front Royal, VA 22630

(540) 631-1740

Meadow Sweet Apiaries - Pittsburgh, PA.
Pioneer Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Stephen Repasky
(412) 765-0335
YouTube

 
   

MISCELLANEOUS

Virginia State Beekeeping Association
Established in 1918 by proactive beekeepers who understood the significant contribution honey bees provided to Virginia agriculture. Now, 92 years later, the VSBA membership is still striving to educate and promote sustainable beekeeping in Virginia. 

Beekeeping Glossary 

Gardening for Bees 
Want to save the bees? This task is far more complicated than you might guess 

Bee Pollinator Gardener:
The Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener is a comprehensive guide (available on both Android and iOS) to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your zipcode.

Gardening for Bees: 
Want to save the bees?
This task is far more complicated than you might guess (click here)

United States Department of Agriculture 
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCSA)

Insects and Pollinators
How Farmers Can Help Pollinators
How Gardners Can Help Pollinators
Conservation Work for Honey Bees

The Arrival of the "Murder Hornet" 

FAQs - Bee Inquisitiive! 

The American Apitherapy Society Inc. 
http://www.apitherapy.org/

National Honey Bee Awareness Day 
http://www.nationalhoneybeeday.com/

Russian Honeybee Breeders Association 
http://www.russianbreeder.org/

State and Local Beekeeping Organizations
https://www.abfnet.org/page/states

Project Apis m. – Established by beekeepers & orchardists to fund honey bee research http://www.projectapism.org/ 

Buzz About Bees website 
http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/index.html

Colony Collapse Disorder
NHB – https://www.epa.gov/pollinator-protection/colony-collapse-disorder

Beekeeper Apps: 
Best Beekeeper Apps You Need to Try! 
The idea of using apps to collect and track all of what’s going on in your apiary is exciting and also extremely handy. Taking photos, setting reminders and sharing bee data opens up a new world of possibilities. (click here)

Beecheck
Beecheck Map - Link
BeeCheck is a voluntary communication tool that enables beekeepers and pesticide applicators to work together to protect apiaries through use of the BeeCheck mapping program. It is not a substitute for any state regulatory requirements.Click the icon to sign up and register your hives. 
For more resources and information, please visit FieldWatch, Inc.

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Beekeepers - if you have suggestions for improvements or resources that you find invaluable please send an email to Doug Koch with the tile and link.
Thank you