Beekeepers abuzz about firing of state apiarist

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The firing of the state beekeeper has
created a buzz among apiarists across Kentucky.

Phil Craft was among at least 14 non-merit employees fired when
new Agriculture Commissioner James Comer took office this month.

Craft had been on the job for more than 12 years and said he never considered himself as a political hire. Comer's office said the
commissioner has had to make some "difficult decisions" due to
budget cuts.

Beekeepers around the state say it won't be easy for Comer to
find someone better than Craft.

Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association President Lorie Jacobs said
Craft had a passion for beekeeping and was patient with newcomers.

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