Re: Best bee strain for KY?
Six weeks in on this thread but the advice here is right on the money. Experiment with different strains once you have bees. You may find you are quite happy with what you already have. The best strain of bees for your area are freebees. These are the swarms you catch and learn to keep alive. My apiary is built around a swarm I caught several years ago. I have added new genetic material from other local beekeepers and additional swarms. I see no reason to chase after a particular line that somebody 1000 miles away says is the best bee ever. Learn to create the "sustainable apiary" and it really won't matter what kind of bee you have.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.