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How did a company combine Artificial Intelligence with environmentally responsible practices to fight food insecurity and while providing job opportunities in Appalachia? Find out how AppHarvest currently grows tomatoes in its Morehead facility and how it plans to “grow” its operations across Richmond and Berea.

Join us on December 2 when Amy Samples, AppHarvest Vice President of Community Outreach, will share the story of Kentucky’s newest agricultural partner that may just be changing the future of farming.

Amy Samples

Director, Community Outreach and People Programs


A Kentucky native, Amy’s focus includes community partnerships and educational programs. Prior to joining AppHarvest, Amy provided operations management for a regional land trust in Kentucky and she spent several years with The Nature Conservancy. In support of university extension, Amy has also provided community planning outreach and research coordination. Amy holds a bachelor's degree from Clemson University and a master's degree from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.



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