2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Guzman
Co-Patron(s): Adams-D., Bourne, Delaney, Gooditis, Keam, Lopez, McQuinn, Mullin, Rodman, Sickles, Tran, Watts, Webert, Kory
Beehive Distribution Program

Item 90 #1h

Item 90 #1h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services FY2019 $0 FY2020 $125,000 GF

Page 93, line 16, strike "$3,513,746" and insert "$3,638,746".

Page 93, line 29, strike the second "$125,000" and insert "$250,000".


(This amendment increases funding for the Beehive Distribution Program (Program) at VDACS from $125,000 to $250,000 in the second year.

Effective July 30, 2018, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has suspended the Beehive Distribution Program for fiscal year 2018-19 due to the extraordinary number of applications received by VDACS. The Beehive Distribution Program experienced overwhelming interest from Virginia’s citizens as more than 2,600 applications have been submitted since the opening of the application period on July 1, 2018. VDACS anticipates that the current applications will utilize all funding allocated for the 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.)