Beekeepers can apply for new beehive grant

By on October 16, 2017

Interest in beekeeping has grown exponentially since the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association signed their first 38 charter members in 1917. Today, the NCSBA has grown to 4,000 members and has become one of the largest organizations working to protect and promote the honeybee. This isn’t surprising considering the fact that North Carolina bees produce $15 million worth of honey each year.

Bees do more than just provide North Carolinians with honey. Honeybee pollination is essential to the continued success of North Carolina’s $84 billion agricultural economy. According to the NCSBA, more than a third of the food we eat is dependent upon the honeybee for pollination.

NC honeybees

N.C. honeybees
Photo credit: Kimberly Rossi

As a result of increased interest in beekeeping and the need to promote honeybee pollination in North Carolina, the legislature has created a new initiative called the N.C. Beehive Grant Fund. It is being coordinated by the N.C. AgriculturalDevelopment and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. The new grant is available to any eligible beekeeper seeking funding assistance for the purchase and construction of beehives. Applicants may receive $200 per hive and up to $2,400 in total funding. Interested, certified beekeepers can access the grant application and guidelines at www.ncadfp.org/CycleXI.htm. Call 919-707-3072 with any questions. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 15.

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  1. Ricky Marshall
    October 19, 2017

    I think this is great news for the beekeeping community. As a commercial beekeeper providing bees, honey and pollination services I can attest that beekeeping is a very expensive business. I have learned that any good business has to be worked for and successful beekeepers definitely have to work hard to be successful. I think it’s a great day to see any measure of assistance available to farmers or beekeepers to lighten the load and help us keep this industry going for the benefit of all.