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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kentucky agritech companies – both large and small – are doing their part to address the challenges that face the future of agriculture and provide the resources necessary to feed the planet in the years and decades ahead.

Cutting Edge Ag Research​​

Founded in 1980, Alltech has grown into a global business with a team of more than 6,000 employees. With its focus on animal and crop science research – even down to the molecular level – the company is at the forefront of agritech innovation.

Owensboro-based Kentucky BioProcessing is at the forefront of innovation, having developed an experimental medicine that mass-produces proteins using tobacco plants. The treatment was used against the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa as well as a 2018 outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Anyone who has produced corn knows the problems that can be caused by the corn earworm, which feeds on more than 50 cultivated crops and causes a loss of over $2 billion annually. Lepidext in Lexington has worked since 2015 to reduce the need for genetically modified plants and chemical pesticides in the fight against this costly crop pest.

Headquartered in Lexington, Space Tango has developed the capability to undertake microgravity research of plants and other living organisms in the International Space State Station for not only academic, but also commercial purposes, and even collaborated with Anheuser-Busch to develop a CubeLab that implemented a microscale malting procedure for barley. 


Novel Farming Systems​​

The commonwealth is home to innovative vertical farming operations, aquaponics operations, and high-tech greenhouses that will be key to maintaining and increasing food production, such as AppHarvest in Morehead, Kentucky Fresh Harvest in Stanford, Stellar Plants in Nicholasville, and West Kentucky Aquaponics in Benton. From leafy greens to cherry tomatoes, these companies are helping to ensure our communities have access to fresh, locally grown products, all year round. 


Farm Management Techno​logy​​

Businesses in Kentucky are providing the technology farmers need to get the most from their operations. 

AgConnections in Murray makes crop management software solutions that make farms more efficient and compliant. They provide a mix of on-site training, web-based training, video tutorials, and friendly, knowledgeable support.

Smart Farm Systems in Nicholasville has developed a wireless monitoring and control system that allows farmers to remotely manage irrigation pumps and environmental, soil moisture and water level monitoring devices. The systems can also be used at quarries and mines to improve site safety. 

TapLogic in Murray has developed web-based and mobile app technology that includes farm management software to increase efficiency, a soil sampling app to track lab results and a pesticide tank mix calculator to build spray recipes.

Kentucky AgriTech LLC in Louisville is committed to developing technology to increase food safety, security, and sustainability. Founder Ricky Mason developed the Kentucky Best Bean Buyer app, which helps soybean farmers determine best market prices, increasing ROI. The company supports urban farming by installing green houses in urban neighborhoods and has partnered with urban agriculture startup Kentucky Greens to increase the availability of locally grown greens in the River City.

Silver Fern Group in Lexington offers software, IoT devices, and mobile apps, built by growers for growers. Its Work Suite collection of software tools provides forecasting, flexible production planning, replenishment, and reporting solutions, among others. Its IoT devices combine hardware and software to control greenhouse equipment from a web browser or mobile device. The company also offers mobile apps for live goods inventory management and order accuracy.


Innovative Food Solutions​​​​

Lexington-based RedLeaf was founded in 2015 to produce natural food and beverage colorants, antioxidants, and antimicrobials for use in human and livestock applications. The company's signature product, RedN, is designed to replace synthetic red colorants in many food and beverage applications.​

KY Agritech Business Spotlight

Chaney’s Dairy Barn – Bowling GreenThis project demonstrates three distinct areas that have evolved through agritechnology: bedded pack barn, robotic milking and value-added milk bottling. Established in 2003, Chaney’s Dairy Barn is an agritoursim venue in Warren County that transitioned their herd of 60 Jersey cows from a mud lot to a bedded pack barn. Bedded pack barns have a sawdust base that is turned every day, allowing the wet sawdust to air out and the dry sawdust to absorb new waste. Along with an increase in overall cow comfort, which results in higher milk production, these barns keep cows cleaner, reduce odor and allow for more intensive herd management.West KY Aquaponics – BentonWest KY Aquaponics LLC operates a greenhouse and grows plants and fresh vegetables to sell from the farm, at the farmers market and to local restaurants. This project combines vegetable and fish production and began with the installation of photovoltaic arrays to reduce the use of electricity and lower fixed costs.FeltLOOM Inc. – SharpsburgLan Mark Farm LLC developed a small-scale version of the larger industry needle loom. The FeltLOOM creates felts from raw wool designs. As of 2016, approximately 200 FeltLOOMs have been sold in 17 countries. Clothing and accessories produced on the FeltLOOM at Lan Mark Farm have been displayed at the Kentucky Fashion Week.
Brown Ag LLC – Mercer CountyTaking advantage of the latest innovations in irrigation technology, Brown Ag LLC will use scientific led irrigation planning based on soil moisture, crop growth, development and weather patterns to improve crop production and efficient water use. Brown Ag LLC will construct a reservoir to hold water from both a nearby spring and rainfall to irrigate up to 500 acres in row crop each year.