After a sharp decline in beehives across Virginia, you can help rebuild the critical local buzz that’s needed.
Virginia’s recently established Beehive Distribution Program provides beehives to both new and established beekeepers in an effort to increase the number of actively managed bee colonies.
“Last winter, Virginia lost 59.5 percent of its hives,” said Keith Tignor, state apiarist. “The Beehive Distribution Program will help counteract those dramatic losses by assisting beekeepers in establishing new hives.”
The program provides beehive equipment directly to eligible beekeepers. Residents of Virginia who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to receive up to three beehive units per year. Individuals who receive a beehive unit will be registered as beekeepers, allowing for periodic inspection of beehives by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.