Beshear announces agreement to promote farm tech in Kentucky


Ethan Murray bales hay using an American flag net wrap for the 1,500-pound bales of hay to help spread some patriotic spirit on Wednesday in a 20-acre field on the Field Farm that is next to Owensboro Community & Technical College in Owensboro, Ky., on June 17, 2020. (Alan Warren/Messenger-Inquirer via AP)/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear has announced an international agreement with the Dutch government and other international partners to promote farm technology in Kentucky.

The agreement announced Wednesday was initiated by AppHarvest and involves other companies that Beshear said are “reimagining the future of farming.”

It follows up on a campaign pledge Beshear made last year to promote high-tech farming in the Bluegrass State.

The partnership establishes an advisory council and launches a series of research programs, construction of “a center of excellence” and the building of additional private infrastructure similar to an AppHarvest farm set to open this fall in Morehead. 

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(This story was originally published on June 24, 2020)

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