VDACS Beehive Distribution

 

 

Virginia State Beehive Distribution Program

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Winchester Star eEdition Article

Dear BONS Member:

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting applications for the Beehive Distribution Program (Program) beginning July 20 through August 4, 2021.  Only applications submitted online or postmarked during the application period will be accepted for consideration.  Applications that were submitted in previous years will not carry over to the current Program.  Individuals must submit a new application using the “Beehive Distribution Online Application” or paper application.  Recipients of beehive units will be selected at random from qualifying applications.  

The Program provides equipment directly to eligible individuals for the construction of new beehives.  Residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia who are 18 years of age or older at the time an application is submitted are eligible to receive up to three (3) beehive units per year.  Multiple individuals residing in the same household may submit an application, however no more than three (3) beehive units per household will be distributed.  Beehive equipment received through the Program must be assembled and occupied with a colony of honey bees within one (1) year of receiving the equipment.  Honey bees and equipment to manage beehives, such as personal safety equipment and honey processing equipment, are not provided through the Program.  Individuals receiving beehive units are encouraged to enter their apiary location in the BeeCheck mapping system (va.beecheck.org).

A link to the online application and pdf file for the application, as well as the Program Guidelines & Requirements, are available at www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant-industry-services-beehive-distribution-program.shtml.  For further information contact the Office of Plant Industry Services by phone at 804-786-3515 or email vabees@vdacs.virginia.gov.

Sincerely,
Keith Tignor

Office of Plant Industry Services
Virginia Dept. of Ag. & Cons. Serv.

 
 
 

Winchester Star eEdition Article 

Free Bee Hives

From a Winchester Star staff report, 7/8/2021

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ( VDACS) will accept applications for the 2021 Beehive Distribution Program from July 20 through Aug. 4. The program provides free equipment for assembling new beehives to Virginia residents. Qualified applicants are selected at random from all eligible applications received during the application period. To be eligible, recipients must be at least 18 years old and a Virginia resident. " In Virginia, honeybees are essential pollinators for about one-third of the state's fruit and vegetable crops," State Apiarist Keith Tignor said in a news release. "The Beehive Distribution Program will help counteract dramatic honeybee losses in the state by assisting beekeepers in establishing new hives." Entities such as businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies are not eligible to receive beehive units. Multiple individuals with the same mailing and/ or physical address (household) may apply to the program, but distribution of beehive units will be limited to no more than three beehive units per household in the same fiscal year, July 1 to June 30.

Recipients of beehive units must assemble the equipment and occupy it with a colony of honey bees within one year of receiving the equipment. VDACS does not provide honey bees, equipment for managing the hives such as personal safety equipment, or honey processing equipment.

To learn more about the Beehive Distribution Program or submit an application, visit the Beehive Distribution Program website: https:// www. vdacs. virginia. gov/ plant- industry- services- beehive- distribution- program. shtml.

For more information, contact the VDACS Office of Plant Industry Services at 804.786.3515 or vabees@ vdacs.virginia. gov.

 

To learn more about the Beehive Distribution Program or submit an application, visit the Beehive Distribution Program website: https:// www. vdacs. virginia. gov/ plant- industry- services- beehive- distribution- program. shtml.

For more information, contact the VDACS Office of Plant Industry Services at 804.786.3515 or vabees@ vdacs.virginia. gov.