A Leitchfield man has been named Kentucky’s Beekeeper of the Year for 2011.
Joe Taylor, locally known as the man behind Taylor Honey and the go-to guy for bee removal, received the award recently at the State Beekeepers Association meeting.
He was nominated by fellow beekeepers Randolph Richards, and Paul and Betsy Stone, in part because of his previous work as president of the Beekeepers Association in 2010 and his efforts to expand and reenergize the association’s programs.
“He continues to be involved in every aspect of the KSBA and sends out multi-participant emails to keep members informed of happenings in Kentucky and the beekeeping world,” their letter reads.
Taylor, president of the Grayson County Beekeeping Association, is a former shop teacher at Grayson County High School.
He’s kept bees since 1985, and has said interest in beekeeping has grown since then, from less than 10 beekeeping associations statewide to more than 40 today.