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Bees have been on decline in the western hemisphere for the last 10 or 15 years, says beekeeper hobbyist Jim Gould. This is due to reduction in habitat, invasive pests and an increase in pesticide use. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Gould about how beekeepers can bring populations back from the brink and how people interested in beekeeping can get started, ahead of the McCracken County Master Gardener's Toolbox program next Tuesday.

Beekeeping is now legal in Madisonville after the city council voted in favor yesterday of an ordinance that would strike down the 47-year-old ban on hives.

Councilman Mark Lee, who sponsored the ordinance, said it passed unanimously and with no changes in a special-called meeting.

Madisonville May Re-Legalize Beekeeping

May 7, 2013

Beekeeping in Madisonville may no longer be illegal, thanks to a proposed city ordinance that passed its first reading Monday.

Councilman Mark Lee sponsored the ordinance and says bees are an important part of the local ecology and hopes, if passed, the ordinance would slowly reintroduce private operations in the city.

Drought Good for Honey Farmers

Jul 27, 2012

While most farmers can expect reduced yields this year, beekeepers look forward to a bumper honey crop. Flowering plants produce thicker nectar when moisture is scarce, and that makes a bee’s job a little easier.