Michigan lawmakers are calling on the state to take a stand against a Michigan-based agtech startup that has threatened to shut down the state’s only agtech plant in the state, saying it’s undermining the livelihoods of thousands of workers.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 4-2 to pass House Bill 1289, which would bar AgTech from selling agricultural equipment in the Midwest.
The bill would also ban AgTechs from contracting with agribusiness to provide equipment.
AgTechs have been making headlines in recent months after the company sued the state for allegedly violating state law by selling agricultural products to a company it had purchased from.
The company says it was not responsible for the equipment that was sold to the company.
Agtechs have also threatened to pull their products from the state if lawmakers do not act.