Posted on June 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM
HIPPO, Ky. (AP) -- Agriculture advocates are attempting to expand farming opportunities in eastern Kentucky.
Former coal worker Todd Howard is part of the movement. He started out in 2010 by selling corn and tomatoes at the farmer's market in Floyd County. By last year, he and others sold goods worth about $50,000.
Advocates say there's a lot of room to expand agriculture production in the region, which would also help diversify the economy in an area that has seen the number of coal jobs decrease sharply in the last two years.
Howard, who operates HF Farms, told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/T7zKnS) that realizing the idea's potential would take time, money and effort on the part of many. It would mean finding affordable financing for farmers, assisting with marketing and aiding in developing infrastructure.