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Gov. Beshear announces plan aimed at building 'America's AgriTech capital' in Kentucky

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 12:09:27-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an international agreement with 16 other partner organizations, including the Dutch government, to implement a plan the administration says will "build America's AgriTech capital" in Kentucky.

The AgriTech Advisory Council was also established. The goal of it is to expand the state's economy and create jobs for Kentuckians.

The international agreement group was brought together by AppHarvest, which is building some of America's largest greenhouses. The agreement includes creating research programs as well as the building of additional private infrastructure.

"In Kentucky, we're going to reopen and rebuild our economy even stronger than it was before COVID-19," said Gov. Beshear. "Partnerships like this one highlight our state's 21st century leadership and limitless potential. I can't wait to see the AgriTech industry continue to grow in Eastern Kentucky, led by AppHarvest and other companies that are reimagining the future of farming."

"This long-term partnership will add jobs and create a new signature industry for our Appalachian region," said AppHarvest founder and CEO Jonathan Webb. "It also demonstrates the kind of international cooperation that we need more of on the national level."

The state has also launched a new website, Kentucky AgriTech, for more information, including success stories and development programs.