Memphis and the Delta region sit at the crossroads of dramatic change in agriculture, food, and health — where the most innovative entrepreneurs, top industry experts, early adopter customers and smart investors in risk capital come together to map the future of food system innovation.
Yield Lab Institute
Kevin Van Trump
Partnership for a Healthier America
Better Food Ventures
John R. Butler
Family Farms Group
The Nature Conservancy
Benson Hill Biosystems
Nutrien Ag Solutions
Tractor Soda Company
Davos on the Delta
World Wildlife Fund
Greater Memphis Chamber
Produce Marketing Association
Nutrien Ag Solutions
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
New Crop Capital
National Hemp Association
Victory Hemp Foods
Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners
Blue Circle Development
Cushman & Wakefield
Clarkson Grain Co.
Dirt to Dinner
Delta Regional Authority
Cushman & Wakefield
Illinois Soybean Association
Innovation Showcase Partner
Celebrating its third year in 2019, our conference is dedicated to fostering conversations and relationships focused on the dramatically changing global food system and the new investment opportunities that innovation is creating across the value chain.
This isn’t your usual conference environment; expect an intimate collection of 300 of the most brilliant agricultural minds, forward-thinking investors, cutting edge farmers and restless entrepreneurs engaged in a highly interactive discussion about the future of the global food system at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.
May 14 & 15, 2019
WITH ADDED VALUE DAYS ON MAY 13 & 16
If you are alumni or have already received an invite, click here to register.
Beyond the onstage conversations, the conference features an Innovation Showcase highlighting the most cutting edge start-ups as well as the most innovative established companies and regions. There is also the opportunity to participate in a day of Plant Tours and In-Field Demos at Memphis’ renowned Agricenter International as well as additional sessions focused specifically on Indoor Growing and Hemp. It is truly a unique opportunity to collaborate with the groups steering the course of food system innovation today and tomorrow.
Additional Deep Dive Sessions
This year at the conference we are offering two additional sessions on the last day Thursday May 16, allowing interested participants to go deep on one particular subject, either Indoor Farming or Hemp Production. These are designed for participants who want to interact with their stakeholder peers to better understand these industries so as to make smarter investment and operational decisions. Each session will end with a BBQ social at the world famous Memphis in May World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest, and additional fees are required.
- Best practices in indoor farming that are helping control costs
- Leaders and innovators at the forefront of the industry
- Technology on the horizon that will help increase yield, improve nutrition, and deliver addictive flavor
- The factors that are holding back access to expansion capital for indoor farmers, startups, and other innovators.
- What municipalities, regulators, producers, and businesses that want to get into cannabis and hemp need to know
- The many uses and farming benefits of hemp
- The potential for new hemp-based products, including Cannabidiol (CBD), protein, fiber and more
- The technologies involved in hemp production today, including genetics, agronomics and processing
Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest
The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is a four-day event taking place alongside the conference in downtown Memphis with the Mississippi River as the backdrop. More than 230 teams come from over 25 states and several foreign countries to participate in America’s most prestigious barbecue competition. All conference participants are invited for the most smoke-filled fun of your life. This setting is perhaps the most important element to the unique nature of this conference. It provides a private opportunity to build key relationships within the industry that will form the foundation of trust needed to accelerate AgTech innovation. Attendees often end up migrating to Beale Street late into the evening, enjoying the unique qualities of Memphis and the live music scene it offers.
The World Famous Peabody Hotel
With a style and tradition befitting one of Memphis’ grandest, most legendary hotels, The Peabody Memphis offers a magnificent bridge between the “Blues City’s” celebrated past and cosmopolitan present. Nestled in the heart of downtown, our historic Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers a one-of-a-kind experience just blocks from Beale Street, the Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum, the Gibson Guitar Factory, Fed-Ex Forum, Sun Studio, the Orpheum Theatre and the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Of course, The Peabody itself is also one of Memphis’ most beloved attractions. Peabody history dates back to 1869 and when the original Peabody Hotel opened on the corner of Main & Monroe and immediately became the social and business hub of Memphis. It was 1933 when ducks were originally placed in the hotel’s lobby fountain, setting in motion an 80-year tradition that continues today with the March of the Peabody Ducks. The Peabody name has become synonymous with the 5 North American mallard ducks that are now the living symbol of the Peabody brand.
Memphis, TN 38103