Agtech Firm to Build $1.2M Indoor Farm at a U.S. Prison

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Indoor farming company AmplifiedAg Inc. received signoff from South Carolina lawmakers last week to build the first controlled agriculture facility at a prison in the U.S., according to Agriculture Dive.

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The facility will allow inmates at the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution in Columbia to grow and process their own fresh lettuce, which will be served at the prison’s cafeteria, according to a news release. The initiative, which also provides career training, is a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Corrections and Department of Agriculture.

The $1.2 million facility will consist of eight total farming modules and will be capable of growing 48,000 pounds of lettuce a year. Inmates will receive experience in all aspects of vertical farm production including food processing and packaging.

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