JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner
Lester Spell says his agency will begin offering financial
assistance to beekeepers in an effort to reverse the recent decline
in the state's honey bee population.
Spell recently announced the financial assistance will be made
available to eligible beginning beekeepers who establish up to four
colonies of honey bees. By showing proof of purchase for two hives,
Spell says, a new beekeeper may receive a reimbursement of up to
$180 for one of the two hives and bees. Qualifying applicants can
receive a maximum reimbursement of $360.
The program is administered through the Mississippi Beekeepers
Association and is being funded through the Specialty Crop Block
Grant Program. Applicants must apply by April 1, 2009.
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