Virginia beehive distribution program application period open Aug. 28 through Sept. 12
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Virginia beehive distribution program application period open Aug. 28 through Sept. 12

Crystal Graham
Photo submitted by Virginia Tech

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will accept applications for the 2023 beehive distribution program from Aug, 28 through Sept. 12.

The program provides free equipment for assembling new beehives to Virginia residents.

Qualified applicants are selected at random from qualifying applications received during the application period.

“In Virginia, honeybees are essential pollinators for the fruits and vegetables consumed by people and wildlife,” said Keith Tignor, State Apiarist. “The beehive distribution program helps counteract dramatic honeybee losses in the state over the past several decades by assisting individuals in establishing new hives.”

Beehive regulations

  • Individuals who are Virginia residents, 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 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 or equipment for managing the hives, such as personal safety equipment or honey processing equipment.

To learn more about the Beehive Distribution Program or to submit an application, visit the Beehive Distribution Program website.

For more information, contact the VDACS Office of Plant Industry Services at (804) 786-3515 or [email protected].

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.