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August 29, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Declares September as Honey Month
Much of Virginia’s honey is harvested in September
Contact: Dawn Eischen, 804.786.1904

As fresh fruit and vegetable production winds down, Virginia’s honey harvest ramps up in September, making it a good time to find local honey at farmers’ markets, festivals and other celebrations. To acknowledge the work of those harvesting honey and the value of honey to the Commonwealth, Governor Terence R. McAuliffe has proclaimed September as Honey Month.

Pollination provided by honey bees is an integral part of the agricultural industry and honey production is a byproduct of this pollination. Virginia crops such as apples, pumpkins, cucumbers, squash and blueberries are dependent on pollinators to fully develop their fruits. Production of other crops such as soybeans, sunflowers and even peanuts receive benefit from pollination by honey bees and other insect pollinators. In fact, pollination by honey bees contributes more than $16 billion to the value of U.S. crop production each year.

“Every Virginian should celebrate Honey Month by not only enjoying the variety of delicious honey flavors, its medicinal properties and versatility, but they should also take actions to help sustain Virginia’s honey bee population,” said Keith Tignor, State Apiarist at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Tignor suggests the following actions to help sustain Virginia's honey bee population:

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