Atlanta, GA (July 26, 2019) — Rubicon today announced its latest ‘Town Haul’ podcast is now live, with AppHarvest Founder and CEO Jonathan Webb. Working from within Appalachia in Kentucky, AppHarvest is combining conventional agriculture techniques with technology innovation to build what the company calls the “Farming Now” movement.
On the Rubicon® ‘Town Haul’ podcast, Jonathan discusses his history in energy development and innovation, his thinking around agriculture development (and how this ties back to sustainability, and how the Netherlands played a role in the science and technology behind AppHarvest.
AppHarvest is building some of the largest greenhouses in the United States, with its first being a 60-acre facility in Morehead, Kentucky. The company will grow non-GMO, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers year-round using 90 percent less water than traditional farming, thanks to a 10-acre rainwater retention pond and sophisticated circular irrigation systems. Per AppHarvest, from its location within Appalachia, the company is within a day’s drive of nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population, reducing diesel use in transportation by 80 percent compared to foreign imports trucked to the East Coast.
Per the company, AppHarvest investors include Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, led by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case, and best-selling author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” J.D. Vance. ValueAct Capital’s ValueAct Spring Fund led AppHarvest’s recent Series A financing round.
The ‘Town Haul’ podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, and iheart.com, or at https://www.rubicon.com/town-haul-podcast/. Stay up to date on all Rubicon news and information at https://www.rubicon.com, or follow Rubicon on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.
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