Beehive Distribution Program Put on Hold Due to High Demand
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is delaying a program that created such a buzz, it resulted in more than 2,000 applications.
The Beehive Distribution Program planned to give out up to three beehives apiece to interested Virginians. The only requirements were to be a resident of Virginia and be 18 years old or older.
Now, the program is on hold due to a supply and demand issue. According to the department's website, the amount of applications exceeded the hive supply and now, no more applications are being accepted.
The state funding the program because there has been a dramatic decline in the bee population.
"We are losing bees at an astronomical rate every year," said owner of Scottsville Supply Company Heather Stertzer. "It is a multitude of factors, everything from malnutrition, pesticides, but ultimately it resides on the plate of a parasite."
NBC29 reached out to the state about what is next for the program, but has not heard back.