Each year, more than 1.3 million people visit Agricenter International, a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to agricultural research, education, and conservation.  It is second only to Beale Street in terms of tourism draw within Shelby County.  Shelby County Government owns the 1,000 acres of Agricenter and holds a conservation easement on the property, while day-to-day operations are managed by Agricenter International on behalf of the County.  The Agricenter Commission and Board of Directors has had oversight since formation in 1983 and the main building was constructed in 1985.

The agritourism programs offered through Agricenter International continue to educate and provide economic stimulus to the county and region.  The overall economic impact of Agricenter International, the business entities operating as tenants and visitor spending at events, is $524 million annually.  Local taxes collected from these activities are $4.7 million annually, and direct and indirect jobs produced are 2,517

Executive Committee  

  • Jim Boyd, Chairman of the Board; Livestock Nutrition Center
  • Joe Callaway, Vice Chair; Marketing Committee Chair; The Callaway Group
  • Earl Grochau, Treasurer; Finance Committee Chair; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
  • Marjory Walker, Secretary; Education Committee Chair; National Cotton Council of America
  • Charles Askew, At-Large Member, Retired

Board Members

  • John Butler, President, Agricenter International, Inc.
  • Scott Barry, SSR
  • Mike Dennison, BASF
  • Marlon Foster, Knowledge Quest
  • Joel Fulmer, Boyle Investments    
  • Willie German, Producer
  • Bliss Hicky, Retired
  • Gary Jamerson, Producer
  • Andrew Jordan, Jordan Associates
  • Sean McCarty, Helena Chemical Company
  • Dian Berryman McGuire, Berryman & Associates
  • Joe McKinnon, Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Bill Mayfield, Retired; RV Park, Farmer's market, Catch'em Lake Committee Chair
  • Fletcher Maynard, Retired
  • Wayne Morris, Retired
  • Margaret Oldham, MWOldham Consulting
  • Tim Price, Southern Cotton Ginners Association
  • Steve Shields, Jackson, Shields, Yeiser, & Holt
  • Gary Taylor, Retired; Property Use Committee Chair
  • Jai Templeton, Commissioner of TN Department of Agriculture
  • Ann Terry, Memphis BioWorks
  • Jim Todd, University of Tennessee Extension
  • Lee Todd, Retired
  • Brad Williams, Kelley Enterprises/Burlison Gin Co/Kelcot Warehouses

Shelby County Agricenter Commission

  • Richard Hollis, Jr., Chairman of the Commission, Hollis & Burns Insurance, Inc.
  • Marsh Campbell, Vice Chairman, Retired
  • Dorothy Cleaves, SunTrust Bank
  • Bill Gillon, The Cotton Board
  • Tom Needham, Shelby County Mayoral Designee, Shelby County Public Works
  • Commissioner David Reaves, Shelby County Board of Commissioners, Appointee
  • Chris Triplett, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon

        Commission Advisory

  • Ken Plunk, Retired, Advisory
  • Ham Smythe, III, Premier Transportation, Advisory
  • John Charles Wilson, Retired, Advisory