By Ashley McLeod
Capital News Service
April 11, 2012 - PotomacLocal.com
RICHMOND, Va. – Beekeepers across Virginia soon will be able to get government money for creating new beehives – a move legislators hope will resurrect the state’s dying bee population.
During this year’s regular session, the General Assembly passed legislation to establish a $175,000 fund and award beekeepers as much as $200 for every new beehive, up to $2,400. Gov. Bob McDonnell recently signed the two bills, SB 354 and HB 300, into law.
Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Charlottesville, sponsored the Senate bill. He hopes the money will encourage beekeepers to create more beehives.
“We’ve seen declining bee populations throughout Virginia, and they are the foundation of agriculture,” Deeds said. “If they’re not pollinating flowers and plants, crop production begins to lag.”
State apiarist Keith Tignor is responsible for educating and training beekeepers in Virginia. Tignor said his office has received numerous phone calls from Virginia beekeepers interested in the grant program.
“We estimate that there are between 20,000 and 30,000 beehives in Virginia, around 2,000 to 3,000 beekeepers, and most maintain an average of between 10 and 12 hives,” Tignor said. “Beekeeping is a very important part of Virginia, in many different aspects.”
Last Updated (Thursday, 12 April 2012 13:39)
How to make a High Reach Swarm Catcher
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You may find a different solution. What I needed was the the screw-in mop handle receptical and a flat, broad base.
Last Updated (Thursday, 05 April 2012 19:21)
Build a Nuc Box for Under $5
Beekeepers Guild member Jeff Richley illustrates the step-by-step instructions for building a nuc box out of a 2' X 4' sheet of plywood in this pictorial guide. Perfect for making splits or housing swarms!
Last Updated (Thursday, 12 April 2012 11:07)
Beekeepers Guild members Tom & Barbra Hickey stopped traffic in downtown Norfolk's Ghent section on Saturday, March 24th, picking up a swarm of honey bees outside the Red Dog Saloon which had not yet opened for the day. Passersby called the Beekeepers Guild for our free bee swarm removal services. The bees are now safely relocated to a new hive and continuing their pollination efforts in peace. Thank you to WVEC TV-13 for sharing the pictures and keeping citizens updated about the progress! If you encounter a swarm of bees, please contact one of our beekeepers who will quickly and safely collect them so that they can begin a new colony in a protected location.
Part of the swarm
Tom vacuuming the last of the bees
Last Updated (Friday, 06 April 2012 12:49)
Devastating honey bee pest intercepted in Norfolk
NORFOLK, VA - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Norfolk have made a first in the nation pest interception of the red mason bee, a bee native to the United Kingdom. Had the red mason bee been introduced in the U.S., the honey bee population would have been severely impacted.
On February 2nd, a containerized shipment of household goods originating from the United Kingdom was inspected and an unknown pest was discovered within a rolled rug.
The agricultural specialists were contacted and with the assistance of a Plant Protection and Quarantine Entomologist, identified the pest as a red mason bee.
The bee is commonly found in the United Kingdom, and is not established in the United States. The intercepted pupae were confirmed to have parasitic mites, and subsequently, if allowed in the U.S. could have had a devastating impact on the U.S. honey bee population.
“The Port of Norfolk has a dedicated group of Agriculture Specialists protecting this country from the introduction of harmful pests and plant diseases”, said Mark Laria, area Port Director in Norfolk. “I am very proud of their efforts”.
The shipment will be fumigated prior to release.
Last Updated (Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:06)
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