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The application period for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 is closed. Applications for the Beehive Distribution Program are not being accepted at this time. Applications selected for distribution of beehive units are being processed for packaging and shipment of equipment. Recipients of the equipment will be notified when shipment is anticipated.

The program provides equipment directly to eligible individuals for the construction of new beehives for the purpose of promoting pollinators in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Residents of the Commonwealth who are 18 years of age or older at the time an application is submitted may apply for up to three (3) beehive units per year. No more than three (3) beehive units per household will be distributed. Individuals are not eligible to receive beehive units in consecutive years until all applications from individuals that did not receive units in the previous year are processed.

Individuals applying for a beehive unit through the program will be registered as a beekeeper with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Beehive equipment received through the program must be assembled and occupied with a colony of honey bees within one (1) year of receiving the equipment. Honey bees and equipment to manage beehives, such as personal safety equipment and honey processing equipment, are not provided through the program. Qualifications and a summary of the selection process for receiving beehive units through the program.

Individuals receiving beehive units are encouraged to enter their apiary location in the BeeCheck mapping system.


Services & Resources

Keith Tignor
State Apiarist

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