Apply now for the 2021 Virginia Beehive Distribution Program

vdacsThe Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for the 2021 Beehive Distribution Program.

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 4. The program provides free equipment for assembling new beehives to Virginia residents. Qualified applicants will be selected at random from all eligible applications received during the application period.

Individuals who are residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and 18 years of age or older at the time an application is submitted, are eligible to receive beehive units. Entities such as businesses, non-profit 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, however; distribution of beehive units is 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 beginning July 20, visit the Beehive Distribution Program website.

For more information, contact the VDACS Office of Plant Industry Services at 804.786.3515 or

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