BLUFFTON - Pennsylvania-based EnviroKure has announced plans to invest more than $10 million to establish a Wells County operation and create 17 jobs by 2020. The liquid biofertilizer company expects to have the new site fully operational in late 2019.

The plant in Bluffton will extract microbes from chicken manure to cultivate biofertilizers and biostimulants. The company says it will begin hiring on-site management in the early summer, followed by manufacturing positions in the fall of next year.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered EnviroKure up to $165,000 in conditional incentives based on the job creation plans. The city of Bluffton has offered additional incentives.

The announcement comes as the two-day Forbes AgTech Summit begins in Indianapolis. Organizers expect up to 500 agriculture leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world to attend. Speakers include Forbes Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, Governor Eric Holcomb and executives from companies including Trace Genomics, Corteva Agriscience and Elanco Animal Health.