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 non-profit was formed in 1979 and the main building was constructed in 1986.

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
  • Wayne Morris, At-Large Member, Retired from FedEx Express
  • Margaret Oldham, At-Large Member, MWOldham Consulting
  • John Butler, Ex Officio Member, President, Agricenter International, Inc.

Board Members

  • Charles Askew, Retired from C.D.Askew Company, Realtors
  • Mike Dennison, BASF
  • Marlon Foster, Knowledge Quest
  • Joel Fulmer, Boyle Investments    
  • Willie German, German Farms
  • Bliss Hicky, Rutledge Investment Company
  • Gary Jamerson, Jamerson Farms
  • Andrew Jordan, Jordan Associates
  • Sean McCarty, Helena Chemical Company
  • Dian Berryman McGuire, Berryman & Associates
  • Joe McKinnon, Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Bill Mayfield, Retired
  • Fletcher Maynard, Retired from SunTrust Bank
  • Tim Price, Southern Cotton Ginners Association
  • Mark Pryor, The Seam
  • Steve Shields, Jackson, Shields, Yeiser, & Holt
  • Gary Taylor, Retired from Cargill Cotton
  • Jai Templeton, Commissioner of TN Department of Agriculture
  • Ann Terry, Memphis Bioworks
  • Jim Todd, University of Tennessee Extension
  • Lee Todd, Retired from Southern Cotton Ginners Association
  • Brad Williams, Kelley Enterprises/Burlison Gin Co/Kelcot Warehouses
  • Garner Williams, The Marston Group, PLC

Shelby County Agricenter Commission

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

        Commission Advisory

  • Ken Plunk, Retired from Union Planters Corporation, Advisory
  • Ham Smythe, III, Premier Transportation, Advisory
  • John Charles Wilson, Retired from Agricenter International, Advisory