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.
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.