The 2012 Field Day for new beekeepers included instruction on installing a swarm collected the prior evening.
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Beekeepers Buzzing About New Bee Hive Grant
By Ashley McLeod
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.”
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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)
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)
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)
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