Horn Named State Apiarist

file photo of Tammy Horn

A nationally known beekeeping authority currently serving as senior researcher and apiculturist in the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University will join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as Kentucky’s new state apiarist.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced on May 21 that Dr. Tammy Horn will assume the post June 1.

“We are very fortunate that we were able to hire Tammy Horn for this important position,” Comer said in a Department of Agriculture news release about the appointment. “Dr. Horn’s passion for beekeeping has led her to a storied career studying these amazing insects and advocating for beekeeping to a nationwide audience. As Kentucky’s state apiarist, she will continue her work to expand the beekeeping economy in Kentucky.”

Horn said she was “delighted to join Commissioner Comer’s team as state apiarist. This position will enable me to do even more to help Kentucky’s beekeepers succeed while continuing my research. I’m grateful to Commissioner Comer for this opportunity.”

Horn is also director of Coal Country Beeworks, a project affiliated with EKU that develops pollinator habitat on surface mine sites. She will continue her collaboration with EKU through the University’s regional stewardship initiatives.

“We are very proud of what Dr. Horn accomplished during her time at EKU and look forward to continuing our partnership,” said Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik, dean of the EKU Graduate School and associate vice president for research at the University.

Horn is the author of “Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation” and “Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and Global Markets,” and a third book is forthcoming. She has written numerous articles and given many presentations and interviews.

As president of the Eastern Apiculture Society, Horn will preside over its conference at EKU this summer. She also serves as president of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association. Her awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association in 2011 and the Kentucky State Beekeeper of the Year Award in 2009.

The Harlan County native was introduced to beekeeping by her grandfather.

Published on May 21, 2014