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October 13, 2022
The 2022 Virginia Beehive Distribution Program Opens on October 26
Must be a Virginia resident, aged 18 and older to be eligible to receive beehive units
Contact: Michael Wallace

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) will accept applications for the 2022 Beehive Distribution Program from October 26 through November 10, 2022. The program provides free equipment for assembling up to three new beehives to Virginia residents. Qualified applicants will be selected at random from all eligible applications submitted during the application period.

Individuals must be residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and 18 years of age or older at the time the application is submitted to be 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 them 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.

Click here to learn more about the Beehive Distribution Program or to submit an application. Only applications received online or postmarked during the application period will be accepted for consideration.

For more information, contact the VDACS Office of Plant Industry Services at 804.786.3515 or vabees@vdacs.virginia.gov.

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