“We are reaching out to beekeepers to help us determine appropriate standards for granting tax incentives to beekeeping. The data gathered from this 1-minute survey will allow us to propose evidence-based guidelines on how many acres per hive should be granted these tax benefits, which will help beekeepers and our most important pollinators.”
THE AMERICAN BEE PROJECT
One out of every three bites of food we eat depends on the honey bee. Tragically, commercial bee colonies are collapsing throughout the United States and around the world at an alarming rate, a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD is linked to a type of pesticide introduced in 1999 that is now widely used on agricultural crops.
It is imperative that beekeepers have access to land that has not been exposed to these substances to rebuild bee colonies after crop pollination. The American Bee Project seeks to connect owners of vacant land with commercial beekeepers. We are working with state and local governments throughout America to establish commercial beekeeping as a legal agricultural use of land for real estate tax purposes. By leasing their vacant land to a commercial beekeeper for legitimate commercial agricultural use, property owners may be able to save on their property taxes, insurance and other costs while helping to save the bees. Commercial beekeepers use the land to make honey and rebuild the health of their hives.
Attorney Julie Zahniser, as founder of The American Bee Project, has been named 2014 Pollinator Advocate of the United States for her innovative approach to making forage land available to beekeepers by expanding agricultural tax benefits to beekeeping.
Together, we can save the bees, and ourselves, one acre at a time.
LEARN HOW & TAKE THE SURVEY: http://www.americanbeeproject.com/#!contact/cl4l