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Published March 30, 2011, 12:00 AM

Bee tax

In this March 20, 2011 photo, beekeeper and bee scientist Gordon Wardell opens up hives at an almond orchard at Paramount Farms in Lost Hills, Calif. The California Apiary Research Commission would tax any beekeeper operating with more than 50 colonies of bees in California, at a rate of up to $1 per hive. Proponents say the money would fund crucial research on the health of bees, which continue to perish in great numbers from Colony Collapse Disorder and other health aliments. Bees are essential to the agricultural industry as pollinators of a third of the United States' food supply. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)
Read the article: Proposal to tax California beekeepers stirs up swarm