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JULY 29, 2016 – American bee hives have been taking a hit in recent years experiencing an over-winter loss in many colonies of up to 40%, much of that due to the Varroa Mite.  Ky Ag Dept, State Apiarist, Tammy Horn Potter talks about some research at Purdue University where they’ve discover that some hive queens have developed a “mite biting” trait, which will help fight against losses from that insect.  Purdue is beginning a program of sharing that genetic trait with beekeepers across the country.
FEBRUARY 19, 2016 – Winter time is one of the best seasons of the year for anyone interested in looking into bee and honey production. Ky Ag Department, State Apiarist, Tammy Horn recommends a full year of exploration before spending a nickel on beekeeping equipment. She also discusses a pollinator protection plan forum scheduled for Feb 24. (Details on line at:
DECEMBER 4, 2015 – A report on the state of beekeeping in Kentucky, which says Ky Ag Department State Apiarist, Tammy Horn, is really starting to head in the right direction. She talks about a couple of the signs of that growth in interest among current and potential beekeepers, and she discusses this weekend’s annual meeting of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association in Livingston County.
NOVEMBER 18, 2015 – The honey production season is well over but the fall and winter provide plenty of educational opportunities for current and potential beekeepers. Ky Ag Dept, State Apiarist, Tammy Horn talks about the season and chores for beekeepers to keep their hives in good shape to make it through the winter.
JUNE 16, 2015 – Earlier honey harvests and more young beekeepers getting into the act; those are two interesting trends in beekeeping spotted by State Apiarist, Tammy Horn, with the Ky Department of Agriculture. She also discusses some unique opportunities at the upcoming state fair (Aug 20-30) for beekeepers to compete and for consumers to get a little taste of Kentucky honey.
APRIL 10, 2015 – A follow-up report on the appearance of the new state apiarist, Tammy Horn, doing a presentation at the recent Ky IPM annual training school in Princeton. Horn talks about how beekeepers use IPM (integrated pest management) techniques in their work and about how beekeepers and row crop farmers have a lot more in common than they might think.
MARCH 24, 2015 – From the use of unmanned aerial drones, to assisting with efforts to protect honey bees, the IPM, Integrated Pest Management school, this week in Princeton, will draw scores of crop managers for required training to meet their ongoing certification requirements. Featured guest is UK entomologist, Ric Bessin, coordinator of Kentucky’s IPM program.
JANUARY 30, 2015 – A story with Ky Ag Department state apiarist, Tammy Horn, who says at least two major farm crop protection companies, Bayer and Monsanto, are developing products to help beekeepers: one will reduce the potential for spray drifts and another will fight the varroa mite. Horn also touts several, upcoming beekeeper schools across the state in February.
JANUARY 13, 2015 – Beekeepers in recent years have been sustaining over 20% winter losses in their hives. Tammy Horn, State Apiarist with the Ky Department of Agriculture, says that figure is actually an improvement in the trend. Despite the challenges she says interest in beekeeping is growing, and she touts a series of training meetings set for this winter.