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Rural Blog: New 60-acre Ky. greenhouse is part of a plan to get fresher produce to Eastern U.S.

In Morehead, ground has been broken on a project that, its founder hopes, will help bring jobs to Eastern Kentucky and supply fresher produce to the Eastern U.S. AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb plans to build a series of huge greenhouses to grow tomatoes at first. The solar-power professional “has no prior experience in farming, but he has managed to attract $97 million in project financing...

AppHarvest to locate high-tech greenhouse in Pikeville, add 140 jobs on reclaimed mine site

Agricultural startup AppHarvest plans to build a $50 million high-tech greenhouse, creating 140 full-time jobs in Pikeville at a former surface coal mine repurposed for new industry, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. “AppHarvest’s project will bring exciting, high-tech job opportunities to Eastern Kentucky,” said Bevin. “Our administration is dedicated to increasing economic opportunity across...