The government has established the value of a hive to be $200. I didn't know that.
Honeybee Hive Loss Payments
Payments for honeybee hive losses are based on the average fair market value of honeybee hives in the calendar year in which the loss occurs, as established by FSA. For 2008 and 2009 honeybee hive losses, FSA has established an average fair market value of $200 per honeybee hive. The 2008 and 2009 ELAP payments for honeybee hive losses will be based on 60 percent of the result of multiplying:
… number of honeybee hives lost due to an eligible adverse weather or loss condition, times;
…$200, average fair market value per honeybee hive.