Congratulations to John Benham

Photo credit: Michele Boeling

By: Shannon Trimboli

Congratulations to John Benham for becoming Kentucky’s third EAS Certified Master Beekeeper. The other two Master Beekeepers in the state are Kent Williams (2003) and Matt Wilson (2014).

According to the Eastern Apicultural Society’s website, “The purpose of the Master Beekeeper certification program is to identify and certify people who have a detailed knowledge of honey bee biology, expertise in the proper practices of beekeeping, and can present this information to the beekeeping and non-beekeeping public in a detailed, accurate, clear and authoritative manner.”

In order to apply to be a Master Beekeepers, a beekeeper must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in beekeeping and receive a recommendation by a current master beekeeper, professional beekeeping specialist or current president of a local, state or regional beekeeping organization with whom the applicant has a long standing personal association. The beekeeper must then pass a written exam, a lab exam, an oral exam, and a field exam. More information about the EAS Master Beekeeper Certification can be found at