Grab your bee­hives!

Rappahannock News - - The Rapp -

The 2019 Bee­hive Dis­tri­bu­tion Pro­gram will be­gin ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions July 1. The pro­gram pro­vides free bee­hive equip­ment to res­i­dents in Rap­pa­han­nock and be­yond. The 2019 Vir­ginia Gen­eral Assem­bly ap­proved $125,000 for the pro­gram for the next fis­cal year, which be­gins July 1.

The pro­gram pro­vides up to three bee­hive units di­rectly to res­i­dents who are 18 years of age or older. In­di­vid­u­als who re­ceive equip­ment will be reg­is­tered as bee­keep­ers with the Vir­ginia De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Ser­vices (VDACS) and are re­quired to main­tain the bee­hives in Vir­ginia.

VDACS will re­view ap­pli­ca­tions in the or­der they are sub­mit­ted to the Bee­hive Dis­tri­bu­tion on­line ap­pli­ca­tion and reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem. When fund­ing for the pro­gram has been ex­hausted, VDACS will sus­pend ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. Ap­pli­ca­tions will not carry for­ward from the pre­vi­ous fis­cal year.

“Since the in­tro­duc­tion of ex­otic pests and dis­eases of the honey bee, the num­ber of bee­hives in the state has de­creased by half,” said Keith Tig­nor, State Api­arist (see re­lated sto­ries on Page 6). “The Bee­hive Dis­tri­bu­tion Pro­gram will as­sist bee­keep­ers, both cur­rent and those in­ter­ested in bee­keep­ing, in es­tab­lish­ing new hives.”

To learn more about the Bee­hive Dis­tri­bu­tion Pro­gram or sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion be­gin­ning July 1, go to the VDACS web­site and search for “Bee­hive Dis­tri­bu­tion Pro­gram.”

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