Re: 1000 hives, how many acres?
Actually, camwhite, the best advice you've been given so far is to let others own the land, you provide the pollination service for a fee, and keep any honey that is a by-product of the pollination. That seems to be your business model anyway. You don't need to own the land to do the pollination.
But first, do you currently have bees? If so, how many and for how long? If not, you might want to either start out small and build your way to your goal, or work for a commercial beek to get a feel for the business. If it was easy to make money in bees, more people would be doing it. Simply by reading the postings on this forum, you ought to get an idea of the pitfalls, and the annual losses many beekeepers sustain. Plus you've got to consider the capital start up costs as you buy or make the equipment to run 1,000 colonies and harvest the honey and process the wax, etc etc etc.
One beekeeper philosopher has said that the easiest way to make a million dollars in beekeeping, is to start with two million.
"If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow