Property taxes on small acreages can now be lowered by keeping bees on the property. Texas law allows bees and bee hives to qualify for reducing property taxes on plots ranging from 5 to 20 acres similar to livestock or raising hay.

Dennis Herbert drafted the original legislation for the current bee law that allows small acreage land owners to receive their agricultural valuation if they wish to raise bees on their property. He shepherded this bill through the legislature in 2011 and it became law on January 1, 2012. He has been a beekeeper in Bell County for 15 years.

Herbert will be at the 12th Annual Beginning Beekeeping School to be held March 21 in Brenham. He will host several sessions that will discuss this law and how you can use beekeeping to qualify for these property savings. He will share the history of this law and answer questions from landowners.

Other aspects of beekeeping that will also be available at the school include how to start keeping bees, how to harvest honey and how to raise queens. There will also be a session that allows you to put on a bee suit and gather around a bee hive while it is examined by a beekeeper.

The morning sessions will include lessons for beginning, intermediate and advanced beekeepers. The afternoon sessions will have over 65 time slots and more than 45 different topics from which to choose.