Where will bees and beekeeping be in the future?

Tammy Horn

Tammy Horn

Very probably, in the trees, according to Tammy Horn, the Kentucky state apiarist, advocate of beekeeping and prolific author of books about bees.

In a Food and Farm interview with Ray Bowman on America’s Web Radio, Horn talked about forest-based beekeeping, something that she has been encouraging, particularly in the hills and mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

Bowman interviewed Horn in June on the first day she was named to the Kentucky post, and the interview last more than 20 minutes and ranged across a number of topics It’s well worth listening to in its entirety.

“It (forest-based beekeeping) is a long-neglected form of agriculture in our state,” Horn says.

“As far as I am concerned, the future of bees has to do with appropriate re-forestation because the Midwest is saturated with pesticides, and so the word on the street among, like, New York orchard growers is to get your bees to the trees, get your bees to the wild forests, because that’s where they’re not going to be subjected to the neonicotinoids — all of these types of systemic pesticides that are now just drenching our watersheds.”


Horn is the author of the following books:

Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2011.

Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation, Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005.


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