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Beehive grant funds available for new beekeepers

RICHMOND—For those interested in establishing new beehives in Virginia, the state Beehive Grant Fund may be an option.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, any individual who purchases a new hive or purchases materials or supplies to construct a new hive can apply for a grant from the fund. Each grant will be in the amount of actual expenses incurred, up to $200 per hive, not to exceed $2,400 per individual per year.

Appropriations for the program are $125,000 for July 2012 to June 2013 and $125,000 for July 2013 to June 2014.

Guidelines for the grant program and a complete list of qualifications and requirements is available at vdacs.virginia.gov.

Contact Keith Tignor, state apiarist, at 804-786-3515.
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