Beekeepers get increased support

The Alberta Beekeeper Stock Replacement Program is being expanded and extended.

The $1-million government program helps beekeepers offset increased colony replacement costs by ensuring any queens purchased between April 1 and Sept. 30 will be eligible for funding, and by extending the submission deadline to Jan. 29.

Many of the province’s beekeepers saw substantial losses in their colonies last winter, forcing them to split their colonies and introduce new queens. The pandemic made importing replacements from traditional sources like New Zealand and Australia more difficult.

The amended program offers a 30 per cent cost share to a maximum of $15 per queen.

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