June 18th-24th is Virginia Pollinator Week

June 18th-24th  is Virginia Pollinator Week as designated by Governor Ralph Northam, with the aim to explore the vital role that pollinators have in the environment especially in agriculture. The U.S. Senate established the National Pollinator Week 11 years ago, with the General Assembly establishing a grant program in 2012 to help new beekeepers start in the industry. The program issued 730 grants that established over 2,200 bee colonies before it was discontinued in 2017.
In 2018, the General Assembly restored $125,000 for every year of the biennium for the beekeeper grant program. For people who want to help but don’t want to become beekeepers, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services suggest building a pollinator window box. Instructions on how to create one can be found at http://mapw.beefriendlyfarmer.org/WindowBox/content/usda_windowbox.pdf .

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