TBA program offers equipment grants for new beekeepers

The Tennessee Beekeepers Association is once again administering the Hive Grant program for new beekeepers, offered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Here are the details from The Hive Tool, the TBA newsletter:

Bees on a frame

Eligibility requirements for individuals to receive the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Beekeepers Association Hive Grant:

  • be completely new to beekeeping
  • be a resident of Tennessee
  • complete a beginning beekeeping course
  • commence beekeeping activities in the spring of 2012
  • accept a beekeeping beginner kit grant
  • purchase bees
  • purchase additional equipment as needed
  • become a member of a local Tennessee beekeeping association for two years
  • become a member of Tennessee Beekeepers Association for two years
  • complete the Registration of Tennessee Apiaries form in accordance with the Tennessee Apiary Act of 1995. This form may be completed on line or copied for mailing. Go to http://state.tn.us/agriculture/regulatory/apiary.html for regulations and forms.
  • work with an association member mentor for two years for the first two years, half of the honey production from the grant hive will be returned to the local association to help defray set up cost. Commencing the third year, all the honey is the beekeepers.
  • if one decides not to complete the two year commitment, return grant equipment kit to local association for redistribution

The beginner kit will include:

Screened bottom board, Complete Hive Body (10 frame), Wired beeswax foundation, Inner cover, Entrance feeder, Telescoping cover, Round veil with plastic helmet, Gloves, Hive Tool, Smoker, and beginner’s book or How to Keep and Sell Honey.

Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA) with the help of grant funds from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will provide the equipment kit for two new beekeepers per club with the local associations purchasing one equipment kit – for a total of three kits per association.

Local Associations should notify the TBA regional vice president by January 25, 2012 and inform him/her of its desire to participate.

Additional kits may be purchased by local associations if ordered through TBA regional vice presidents by January 25, 2012. However, this year the local club will pay for the extra kits.

Grant hive equipment will be distributed at the February Executive Board Meeting.

Once local associations award the grant equipment kits, new beekeeper names, addresses, TBA membership application and dues, and mentor’s names are be submitted to Petra Mitchell, TBA Treasurer at 3900 Rock Springs Road, Watertown, TN 37184, and Lynda Rizzardi, TBA President at 1903 Rosebud Drive, Maryville, TN 37803.

The TBA Executive Board voted to allow only local associations that have fulfilled previous year’s commitments to participate in the Hive Grant Program. Obligations of submission of names of recipients and mentors, payment of TBA dues for recipients and mentors is part of the eligibility requirements for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Beekeepers Association Hive Grant.

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