- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A nationally known beekeeping authority and author has been hired as Kentucky’s new state apiarist.

State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says Tammy Horn of Lexington will join the Agriculture Department on June 1.

Horn currently serves as senior researcher and apiculturist in the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. She is also director of Coal Country Beeworks, a project affiliated with EKU that develops pollinator habitat on surface mine sites. The Agriculture Department says she will continue her collaboration with EKU through the school’s regional stewardship initiatives.

Horn was born in Harlan County and was introduced to beekeeping by her grandfather.

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