VDACS Beehive Distibution Program

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

VDACS Beehive Distribution Program


Effective July 1, 2018, the Beehive Distribution Program replaced the Beehive Grant Program (see Chapter 192 of Acts of Assembly). The Beehive Distribution Program provides beehive equipment directly to eligible beekeepers. Residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia who are 18 years of age or older at the time an application is submitted are eligible to receive up to three beehive units per year. Individuals who submit an application for a beehive unit through the Program will be registered as a beekeeper with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Department).


Applications will be reviewed in the order in which each completed eligible application is received by the Department. In the event funds have been exhausted and all beehive units distributed for the fiscal year (July 1 thru June 30), the Department will cease accepting applications and notify applicants. Applications from beekeepers who do not receive beehive units will not be carried forward to the next fiscal year.


A bee hive unit consist of: Hive box or boxes of:


⦁ Two deep Langstroth boxes, or
⦁ Three medium Langstroth boxes, or
⦁ One Top Bar Box
⦁ Frames for the hive box(es)
⦁ Foundation or similar guide for drawing comb for frames for the hive box(es)
⦁ Bottom board
⦁ Inner cover for a Langstroth hive unit
⦁ Outer cover


The following styles may be applied for:
⦁ Eight frame Langstroth medium brood box hive
⦁ Eight frame Langstroth deep brood box hive
⦁ Ten frame Langstroth medium brood box hive
⦁ Ten frame Langstroth deep brood box hive
⦁ Top bar hive


If interested, more information can be obtained in the Program Guidelines.