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 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


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.

Indoor Farming
Vertical and indoor farming are among the fastest growing segments of the agriculture industry, valued at $106 billion as of 2017 and expected to grow at 3.4% annually going forward. Right now, North America accounts for more than 44% of the market. But consumer demand is the key to unlocking this market. How do farms make certain they are producing what consumers demand? What do cities, grocery stores, restaurants, private equity, and developers interested in the coming boom in indoor farming need to know today? In this Deep Dive you’ll learn about:

  • 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.
The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill changed the game for hemp farmers in this country, effectively legalizing an industrial crop that has for years been sidelined due to its association with cannabis. Hemp is cannabis, but it offers so much more — it is a renewable source of raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products, and its seeds and flowers can be used in a range of health foods, body care products, and other nutraceuticals. Even before legalization, hemp was a $620 million market in the U.S. and that’s only expected to grow. Is now the time to get involved? In this Deep Dive you’ll learn about:

  • 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.

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149 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38103

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