MOREHEAD Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped by AppHarvest Monday afternoon to discuss Kentucky’s financial improvement.
McConnell mentioned he believes AppHarvest is the future of agriculture, and that it has introduced a singular alternative to Kentucky in producing native, high quality produce in giant quantities thus bringing extra money and infrastructure to Appalachia.
“A lot of people think this kind of innovation occurs on the coast, but here we are right in the middle of America, not too far from a very troubled region of Kentucky that’s seen a total decline of the coal industry,” mentioned McConnell.
McConnell addressed the likelihood of AppHarvest increasing deeper into Kentucky and aiding an space that has misplaced many roles because of the decline in coal mining, both via an infrastructure invoice or the American Rescue Plan Act.
“The one thing we haven’t figured a solution to yet, they haven’t figured a solution to yet, is how you can get into deep Appalachia,” mentioned McConnell. “Hopefully with all the federal money we can dump in here not only through the American Rescue Plan but also through the infrastructure proposal I voted for and supported, there’ll be some money in there to make this possible for these guys to take this even further into the heart of Appalachia.”
AppHarvest CEO Johnathan Webb mentioned the enlargement of agriculture is useful to everybody by having an area supply of meals and bringing enterprise to jap Kentucky. He added that agriculture shouldn’t be a debate of politics however a nationwide challenge.
“We’re here to build an American food system that’s inclusive and resilient for everybody and I think as the AppHarvest team and our followers from the community have seen that this really isn’t a left or right conversation,” mentioned Webb. “It’s a conversation about growing food and building facilities here in the U.S., and Kentucky is becoming a world leader.”
McConnell expressed his gratitude for AppHarvest and their workers, stating that within the future they might be one of the primary agriculture firms within the United States.
“As far as I’m concerned, they could produce a better product than California as well and dominate the eastern part of the United States, all of that right here in Kentucky. I’m proud of these guys. I’m proud of the people that show up to work every day,” mentioned McConnell.