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.

Celebrating its fourth year in 2020, our forum 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 11-13, 2020

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.

Previous Year’s Speakers

Davos on the Delta is now Crusonia on the Delta

Our 2020 event will introduce Crusonia on the Delta. A Crusonia is a mythical plant named for its discovers. The plant was capable of providing bountiful, accessible and sustainable nutrition provided it was cared for, nurtured and cultivated. We felt the story of the Crusonia is the perfect metaphor for the solutions we’ll continue to explore together such as Food System C and the intrinsic relationship between Food and Health. Practical, affordable, accessible and sustainable answers to these challenges will be our modern day Crusonias; and you today’s Crusonian.

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.

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149 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38103

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