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Barnes, Kay join newly formed AgriTech Advisory Council

Susan Riddell

AgriTech Advisory Council members consist of representatives from farming, industry, education, labor and civic life.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced last week the members of a new task force that will guide the administration in building America’s AgriTech capital in Kentucky. Two committee members include judge/executives Mason Barnes, of Simpson County, and James Kay, of Woodford County.

“AgriTech is the future of agriculture, and Kentucky is uniquely positioned to embrace and deliver on it,” Gov. Beshear said. “Being the global leader in the AgriTech industry not only will make Kentucky’s farms more productive and efficient, but also will benefit every citizen and every region of the commonwealth in creating industry and jobs.”

The Governor issued an executive order establishing the AgriTech Advisory Council, which he will chair, along with initial members.

Barnes is in his first term as Simpson County Judge/Executive, and he is appreciative of the opportunity to serve not only his county, but Kentucky, as well.

“I was honored to be asked to join the AgriTech Advisory Council the Governor recently formed,” Barnes said. “It is really amazing how much technology has changed the way we operate business and industry over the last few years, even the farming industry. I am excited to work with area farmers and to be a part of helping advance the Agriculture Industry in Kentucky.”

Kay, also in his first term as Woodford County Judge/Executive, said the initiative will provide a crucial economic and technological boost to Kentucky’s rural areas.

“I am ready to get to work for rural Kentucky as a voice for Kentucky’s farm families struggling with internet access,” Kay said. “Farming is Kentucky’s future, and we need to expand rural broadband and ensure advancing technology reaches our rural communities, to help grow farm income, jobs and the next generation of farmers.

“I appreciate Governor Beshear’s commitment to Kentucky farmers and our bedrock agriculture industry,” Kay added. “Woodford County is working on many of the challenges facing our farmers and cattlemen, and I believe my service as Vice Chair of the House Agriculture Committee and as Woodford County Judge will be valuable in the effort to chart the course for Kentucky’s future.”

The Governor also announced the launch of a new website dedicated to the emerging industry. Learn more at https://agritech.ky.gov/.

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