Governor Andy Beshear announced Wednesday his administration is taking steps to build America’s AgriTech capital in Kentucky.
On Wednesday, Governor Beshear signed an international agreement with 16 partner organizations including the Dutch government. The agreement was assembled by AppHarvest, a corporation planning to create one of the largest controlled environment agriculture facilities in the world. It also calls for a series of research programs, the construction of a center for excellence, along with the building of additional infrastructure. AppHarvest currently plans to open a 2.76 million-square-foot farm this fall in Morehead. A Dutch representative office will also open in Kentucky to spur investments by Dutch companies, who are known as the world’s AgriTech Leaders.
Governor Beshear stated he “can’t wait to see the AgriTech industry continue to grow in Eastern Kentucky, led by AppHarvest and other companies reimagining the future of farming”
A major factor for the new controlled environment agriculture facility is Kentucky’s centralized location. AppHarvest’s tomatoes can reach 70% of the American population in a day’s drive.
Governor Beshear also announced Wednesday he has established the Governor’s Agritech Advisory Council which will include local and state leaders. The Council will meet periodically to advise the governor on matters related to the Agritech industry.

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