Virginia residents can get free beehives

Virginia residents can get free beehives
An employee with VDACS tends to a rooftop beehive in downtown Richmond. (Source: VDACS)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Backyard beekeepers can apply for hives through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on July 1.

The General Assembly approved $125,000 for the Beehive Distribution Program that provides free beehive equipment to Virginia residents.

Anyone age 18 or older can apply to receive up to three beehives. Recipients will be registered as beekeepers with VDACS and are required to maintain the hives in Virginia.

State apiarist Keith Tignor said in a press release that the number of beehives in Virginia has decreased by 50 percent.

Applications will be processed in the order they are received until the allocated funds have been exhausted.

Visit the VDACS website for more information.

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