Virginia State Beekeepers Association
Virginia State Beekeepers Association
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Support Proposed Legislation


Please support the proposed legislation, HB 1896, to add to the Official emblems and designations; state pollinator; European honey bee which Designates the European honey bee (Apis mellifera) as the Official State Pollinator.

The bill is in Committee on General Laws now and needs your letters of support immediately.  Please note committee members email addresses below. Please copy your local State Delegate and Representative.  This is a wonderful opportunity to tell them that there are still bee farmers in your district!

Bullet Points you can include:

  • The Honey Bee- no other insect contributes more to the Commonwealth.
  • The honey bee is essential to agriculture as a whole and is at risk in declining population.
  • Pollination is essential to agriculture and agriculture is the largest private industry in Virginia. 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 80 percent of insect crop pollination is accomplished by honey bees. In the U.S, honey bees pollinate more than $20 billion worth of crops annually.
  • Honey bees have been a part of Virginia's natural resources for nearly 400 years and the founding and success of Virginia is closely tied to the introduction of honey bees. The first European honey bees followed the first settlers at Jamestown in 1607, symbolizing the birth of new life as a new nation was born. 
  • Native insects are significantly less effective pollinating many of the old world crops and plants brought with and relied upon by the colonists, and now used by modern day farmers. These crops include cucumbers, cantaloupe, water melons, peaches and apples.
  • Recent research has shown that honey bees largely do not compete with native pollinators. To the contrary, in many cases native pollinator populations benefit from the occurrence of honey bees.
  • Designating the honey bee Virginia’s “Official State Pollinator” will encourage a greater public awareness and education about the importance of pollination and the honey bee and the role in agriculture in our great State

Email address of Committee Members

Barry Knight This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Betsy Carr  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Buddy Fowler  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Todd Gilbert"  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Christopher Peace This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

David Bulova This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Delores McQuinn  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Glenn Davis  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Gordon Helsel  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James Morefield  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jason Miyares  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jay Jones  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jay Leftwich  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Jeion Ward  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Kathleen Murphy  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Lashrecse Aird  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Luke Torian  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Keith Hodges"  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marcia Price  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Patrick Hope  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Richard Bell  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

Thomas Wright, Jr.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ;

The VSBA is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting and advancing beekeeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership in the VSBA is open to beekeepers and non-beekeepers, alike. Annual membership dues are $12.00 per individual/family or $10.00 through local associations. In addition to other benefits, members receive a quarterly newsletter.

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