Governor tours AppHarvest greenhouse

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Within a few weeks of being open, AppHarvest has already shipped a million pounds of tomatoes to major grocery stores throughout the U.S.

“We’re staring at the future, and it’s here,” Governor Beshear said.

After an in-person tour of the new greenhouse in Morehead that was delayed by the pandemic, Governor Andy Beshear described his experience, “We’re standing in one of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world, right here in Eastern Kentucky. Exciting, truly exciting. Innovative.”

Governor Beshear said this business will help the economy grow and will provide younger generations the knowledge to continue that in the future.

AppHarvest Founder and CEO Jonathan Webb said the future needs the help.

“By 2050 the world needs 50 to 70 percent more food. The way we’re growing it today, we’d need up to two planet earth’s to feed nine billion people in a rising middle class globally,” Webb said.

He said it’s important to teach younger generations about new advanced farming.

One way the company is doing that is by investing in containers that are going to schools, to help students learn about cutting-edge agriculture practices.

“I can assure you from the Whitehouse to congress and senate, we’re pounding the pavement in D.C. saying every young person in America deserves the right to have the tools for tomorrow, and have technology, and deserves the right to grow fruits and vegetables and take them home. I think this is a model for the country,” Webb said.

Currently, AppHarvest is working with 20 schools in Eastern Kentucky, but Webb says the company wants to go beyond that in the future.

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