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Startup indoor farming company Hydroponic Farms USA plans 121-job facility in Breathitt County

Startup indoor farming company Hydroponic Farms USA had announced it will invest more than $44.5 million in Eastern Kentucky’s Breathitt County and create 121 jobs with the construction of a new facility on a reclaimed mine in Jackson.

“Appalachia has much to offer the world in terms of natural beauty and abundant resources, but what really makes this place special is its people,” said Tim Davis, managing member of Hydroponic Farms USA. “We knew the moment we set foot in Breathitt County, that this was not only a perfect place to build our business, but also a place we could proudly call home. Our investors have been humbled by the overwhelming support of Kentucky’s state and local government representatives. Moving forward, we are committed to building positive relationships with all of our new neighbors in Breathitt County and doing our part to create real opportunities for people. With the agronomic and technological expertise provided by our partners at Green Ag Technologies, we are proud to bring the future of farming to the area and make a significant impact on the produce industry.”

Hydroponic Farms USA will build a nearly 42-acre facility with 35.5 acres of production space. The facility will use hydroponic and aeroponic technology to grow leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers and other produce. The 121 jobs will include leadership, production and post-production roles. Company leaders plan to break ground following their land purchase and approval of permits.

Hydroponic Farms USA is working to develop and implement advanced hydroponic and aeroponic technology and innovation. To do so, the company has formed a partnership with Oz Agribusiness Projects and Investments Ltd. (OAPI) and Green Ag Technologies LLC to manage and operate the facility.

“Bringing OAPI’s Israeli greenhouse technology and expertise to Breathitt County has been a priority for our organizations since we first introduced Kentucky to the concept of high-tech agriculture over three years ago,” said Curt Meltzer, chief operating officer of Green Ag Technologies. “It has been a long road, with OAPI’s first stop in Lincoln County, but the cabinet’s decision today marks the first step toward making that goal for Eastern Kentucky a reality and expanding our network of high-technology greenhouse operations across the state. The future of farming is indeed in Kentucky.”

Hydroponic Farms USA will follow a similar business model to Kentucky Fresh Harvest, which broke ground in Lincoln County in January 2017 and also is managed by OAPI. Currently, the company is working with major retailers and wholesalers to secure contracts to supply their customers with fresh produce year-round.

For more information on Hydroponic Farms USA, visit hydroponicfarms.us

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