Agricenter Awarded Farm Credit Mid-America Grant

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April 23, 2018

Agricenter Awarded Farm Credit Mid-America Grant

 Scott Horner & John Butler

Scott Horner & John Butler

MEMPHIS, TN --- On Monday, agricultural lender Farm Credit Mid-America announced a partnership with Agricenter International to install a commercial and culinary kitchen in the Expo Center.  This will provide youth and adults the opportunity to harvest vegetables on the demonstration farm and then learn how to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families. 

Scott Horner, Senior Financial Officer at Farm Credit Mid-America, presented the award during the monthly Memphis Agriculture Club luncheon.  Horner said, “For more than a century, we have been supporting farmers and communities by not only providing financial products and services, but by investing in capital projects that strengthen our communities.  By partnering with Agricenter in building this kitchen, together we’re able to connect with consumers, explain how food is grown and share agriculture’s positive story.”

 Jim Todd, Anita Keller, Scott Horner, Jody Wade

Jim Todd, Anita Keller, Scott Horner, Jody Wade

Agricenter’s commercial and culinary kitchen will be an educational center where nutrition and cooking classes will be offered to youth and adults as part of a farm-to-table education program in partnership with UT/TSU Extension and Knowledge Quest.  There are 10,000 students participating annually in the Agricenter’s current educational offerings.

John Butler, President of Agricenter International, stated, “We are pleased to receive this grant from Farm Credit Mid-America, who is a great community partner and we look forward to having this kitchen completed by fall of 2018.”

Agricenter International, the education, agribusiness, research and agricultural hub of the Mid-South has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students each year.  For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777. 

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Agricenter’s Ag Day Art Contest Results

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April 3, 2018

Agricenter’s Ag Day Art Contest Results

MEMPHIS, TN – Agricenter honored the winners of the Ag Day Student Art Contest with a luncheon and guest speakers on March 29th.  Over 140 people attended the Celebration and Exhibition at the Farmer’s Market. 

Jim Jaggers, News Channel 3 Meteorologist, was emcee. Commissioner David Reaves and President John Butler gave welcome remarks. Commissioner Jai Templeton of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture spoke on the economic impact of agriculture. A panel discussion on “Innovation in Ag” featured Mark Pryor, The Seam; Pete Nelson, AgLaunch; and Brad Godwin, Indigo Ag. After the luncheon, the exhibition hall was opened and many Ag companies displayed.

There were 430 art entries from Shelby & DeSoto Counties.  Judges of the student were:  Joyce Peterson with WMCTV, Jim Todd with UT Extension, Pamela Hassler local artist, and Lesley Landry of Sullivan Branding.  Cash prizes were given to each student ($100, $50, $25) and the teacher of the first-place students ($100).  The teacher whose name was drawn at random, Anne Smith, received $250 toward classroom supplies. 

Winners of the Ag Day Student Art Contest

3rd - 6th Grade Division

1st Place: Jacob Wielgosz - 6th Grade, Arlington Middle School (teacher: Diane Graves)

2nd Place: Oscar Liu - 5th Grade, Riverdale School (teacher: Melissa Cychowski)

3rd Place: Ava Freeman - 6th Grade, Briarcrest Christian School (teacher: Melody Weintraub)

7th - 9th Grade Division

1st Place: Annie Holley - 9th Grade, Houston High School (teacher: Amanda Shulter)

2nd Place: Julia Cutchin - 7th Grade, Briarcrest Christian School (teacher: Melody Weintraub)

3rd Place: Ben Borwick - 8th Grade, Arlington Middle School (teacher: Diane Graves)

10th - 12th Grade Division

1st Place: Macy Clanton - 10th Grade, Arlington High School (teacher: Melanie Anderson)

2nd Place: Jenna-Claire Comella - 11th Grade, Arlington High School (teacher: Carrol McTyre)

3rd Place: Cara McMorran - 12th Grade, Arlington High School (teacher: Melanie Anderson)

Sponsors

Agricenter would like to thank generous sponsors of this contest and exhibition: Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Sullivan Branding, and Mid-South National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).

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Agricenter’s Ag Day Celebration + Exhibition on March 29th

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March 20, 2018

Agricenter’s Ag Day Celebration + Exhibition

MEMPHIS, TN – The public is invited to attend Agricenter’s Ag Day Celebration and Exhibition on Thursday, March 29th at the Agricenter Farmer’s Market. 

Lunch, Speakers, and Ceremony  11am-1pm

Free, but registration required by March 22: www.agricenter.org/agday

Exhibition  1pm-3pm

No registration required, drop-in format

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This year, Jim Jaggers, News Channel 3 Meteorologist will serve as emcee.  Welcome remarks will be given by Agricenter President John Butler.  Commissioner Jai Templeton of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will speak on the economic impact of agriculture.  A panel discussion on “Innovation in Ag” will feature CEO’s Mark Pryor, The Seam; Pete Nelson, AgLaunch; and Barry Knight, Indigo Ag. 

Agricenter will then have a ceremony honoring the winners of the Ag Day Student Art Contest that was open to all 3rd through 12th graders in Shelby and DeSoto Counties.  The contest was designed to stretch the imagination of students as they envision and promote the role and importance of agriculture in our lives through their creative entries within the theme of “Farm of the Future.” 

Tim Roberts, University of Tennessee Extension Agent & Agricenter International Director of Education, said “We are thrilled with the amount and quality of submissions we received from the students.  We can’t wait to see what the judges will decide.”  Judges this year include:  Joyce Peterson with WMCTV, Jim Todd with UT Extension, Pamela Hassler of L Ross Art Gallery, and Lesley Landry of Sullivan Branding.

At 1:00pm, the public will adjourn to the exhibition area and be treated to ice cream while viewing the booths of local Ag-related businesses.  Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibition which is a drop-in between 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the Farmer’s Market, no reservation required. 

Sponsors

Agricenter would like to thank generous sponsors of this contest and exhibition: Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Sullivan Branding, and Mid-South National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).

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Digital Sign Vandalism at Agricenter

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February 21, 2018

Digital Sign Vandalism at Agricenter

MEMPHIS, TN – The digital sign on Walnut Grove Road has been the target of felony vandalism.  The sign was shot at by someone driving east along Walnut Grove during the night of February 14.  “This is dangerous as the bullet could have gone through the billboard and could easily have hit a runner or one of our other guests on the property,” said John Butler, President of Agricenter International. 

The Shelby County Sherriff’s Office has been notified and are investigating.  There is a $2,500 reward offered leading to the arrest and conviction of the offender.  Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.  Callers can remain anonymous.

As you may remember, in May 2015 the sign had been hit over 15 times and again three times in February 2016. 

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Agricenter’s Ag Day Student Art Contest + Exhibition

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January 23, 2018

Agricenter’s Ag Day Student Art Contest + Exhibition

MEMPHIS, TN – Calling all 3rd through 12th graders in Shelby and DeSoto Counties!  Enter Agricenter’s inaugural Ag Day Student Art Contest and Exhibition with your creative entries in these six categories: drawing, painting, collage, photography, graphic design and short video. 

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Winners will be announced and entries on display at the Ag Day Celebration on March 29 (11am-1pm) at the Farmer’s Market at Agricenter International. In addition to the announcement of the Student Art Contest + Exhibition winners, the Ag Day Celebration will feature additional exhibits and speakers on Agriculture.  The public is invited to attend. 

The contest is designed to stretch the imagination of students as they envision and promote the role and importance of agriculture in our lives through their creative entries. We want participants to be as imaginative and expressive as possible within the theme of “Farm of the Future,” which pairs perfectly with 2018 National Ag Day theme “How Agriculture Will Feed the World.” 

Agriculture is as old as time, but the world is changing fast. From incredible advances in technology, biology and genetics to an expected population boom – farms of the future will be optimized to provide more than ever before. This year we’ll tap into the limitless imaginations of students across the Mid-South in a challenge to visualize what future farms could look like. 

Details

Artwork submission period is January 16 – March 9, 2018. Artwork can be created inside or outside of school. 

In each category: First Place ($100), Second Place ($50), Third Place ($25), and teacher of First Place winners receive $100.  In addition, all participating teachers are eligible for a drawing for $250 toward classroom supplies. 

For more information, contest rules, and judging criteria, please visit www.agricenter.org/art.

Sponsors

Agricenter would like to thank generous sponsors of this contest and exhibition: Sullivan Branding, National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), and Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

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Strategic Plan Open House

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January 10, 2018

Agricenter International Embarks on a New Chapter

MEMPHIS, TN – Agricenter International is embarking on a Strategic Business Plan and Conceptual Master Plan.  The public is invited to attend a drop-in on January 29, 2018 from 4:30-6:30pm at Ducks Unlimited on the Agricenter Campus. 

Open House

January 29, 2018

4:30-6:30pm

Ducks Unlimited (1 Waterfowl Way)

This Strategic Business Plan and Conceptual Master Plan will serve as the guide for the next 20 years of growth.  The goal is to have it completed by May 2018.  The plan is funded by a local Anonymous Foundation, FedEx Corporation, Shelby County Commission, Agricenter International, Helena Chemical, and Asgrow.  

Long range goals for Agricenter are to serve as a hub for agricultural networking and innovation, to showcase food and fiber as a pathway to increased educational and career opportunities, and to promote the efficacy and commercialization of new agricultural technologies and practices. Agricenter will be positioned as a leading center of agricultural innovation, education, and outreach that works in the nexus of environmental sustainability, water, soil, urban-rural interface, technology, poverty, and entrepreneurship. 

Steven Spalding of Point A Consulting LLC from Louisville, KY leads the team which has deep expertise in farming and agriculture, land planning, real estate development and the related economics and finances of large projects and complex organizations.  According to Spalding, “The planning now underway will not only develop a mission for Agricenter that is readily visible to the public and has a positive impact on agriculture, but also extend its reach and impact tremendously in the Mid-South, across the state, even nationally and internationally.”

Point A will be joined by two internationally recognized partners: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) of New York City and Charlottesville, and HR&A Advisors, Inc. from New York City. 

John Butler, President of Agricenter International, added “We are excited to have Point A and their team on board to help us in this planning process.  We are humbled with the support we have received from the community in the past and look forward to a bright future.”

Spalding adds, “We’ve done a lot of research and analysis to date; now we’re looking forward to hearing from the people of Memphis—folks who work at or visit Agricenter.  What do they want to see this place become?”

Background:

Point A started this project in 2016 with a preliminary assessment. In addition to Spalding and Dawn Riley, team members include: Mark Scholl, president of his farm holding company and Chairman of the Farm Foundation Board of Directors, with experience both as a start-up entrepreneur and agribusiness executive; and Bill Morlok, who collaborates with Point A on research park engagements across the country, and has pioneered in establishing the concept of Knowledge Communities as the standard for next generation research parks.

Thomas Woltz, FASLA leads the designers at NBW in the Conceptual Master Plan for Agricenter.  Their past design projects include continuing work with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello); the $25 billion Hudson Yards project in New York City; Nashville’s Centennial Park; St. Louis’ Citygarden; and West Tennessee’s Lone Oaks Farm. Woltz stated, “This could be an exciting addition to the current offerings of ShowPlace Arena, Expo Center, nature trails and the Farmer’s Market. A farm experience center could offer support to regional farmers through coursework and be a community destination for the public to learn about the important history of the site and various scales of agricultural production.”

Candace Damon, Vice Chairman of HR&A has experience working on the business plan for Shelby Farms Park, and brings an understanding of the history and context of the overall district. HR&A also has been part of a team working on the revitalization plan for 11 miles of the Memphis Riverfront and on another project to re-envision Research Triangle Park, to transform it from a 1960’s style research park into a Live, Work & Play community. Damon stated, “Working on this project is great opportunity to advance that civic vision by engaging all segments of the greater Memphis community in achieving a better understanding and appreciation of our food systems, as well as to more closely knit the future of Memphis' rural and urban communities.”

Agricenter International, the education, agribusiness, research and agricultural hub of the Mid-South has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and has educated tens of thousands of students.  For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777. 

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Agricenter International Welcomes New Board Members

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December 19, 2017

Agricenter International Welcomes New Board Members

MEMPHIS, TN – As of December 13, 2017, Agricenter International welcomes the addition of two new members of the Board of Directors: Mark Pryor, CEO of The Seam, and Garner Williams, a Manager at The Marston Group.  The Board of Directors, made up of 30 members, has oversight of the non-profit that was formed in 1979.  The board members serve a three-year term and provide direction of the operation including research, education, and rentals.  They also participate in fundraising and activities. 

 Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor

Mark Pryor joined The Seam in 2000 and is CEO. The Seam, the world’s first online, neutral exchange for cotton trading, has processed over $8 billion in multi-commodity transactions through its agribusiness software platforms. The company is currently working with leading agribusinesses and industry organizations on a digital transformation initiative to bring traceability and transparency to the global supply chain. Pryor is a resident from Somerville, TN, is an avid sportsman and enjoys running.

 Garner Williams

Garner Williams

Garner Williams is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in audits and financial reporting matters. He leads the growing financial reporting and analysis sector of The Marston Group’s agribusiness group and serves a diverse clientele of agribusiness clients, including crop producers, sales and distribution, farm machinery manufacturing, seed production and supply, as well as other clients throughout the industry. He received his Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. He also serves on the Board of The 100 Club of Memphis and is active in other organizations, including The Greater Memphis Chambers’ Young Professional’s Council.

Nominating Committee Chair Wayne Morris added, “We are extremely proud and pleased to have these fine gentleman as new members of our Board of Directors.  The expertise they bring to the board is invaluable.”

Agricenter International, the education, agribusiness, research and agricultural hub of the Mid-South has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and has educated tens of thousands of students.  For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777. 

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Agricenter's new Organic Resource Center

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December 7, 2017

Agricenter International Establishes Organic Resource Center and

Hires Organic Resource Center Farm Manager

MEMPHIS, TN – John Butler, President of Agricenter International, has selected Chris Lankford to serve as the Farm Manager for the newly created Organic Resource Center (ORC).  The ORC is a new model serving as laboratory and demonstration farm, a place for additional collaboration between producers and consumers, and a hub to learn about new markets and emerging trends. 

Since its first agricultural research trials in 1984, Agricenter International has conducted field trials at its 1,000-acre campus.  Annually, Dr. Bruce Kirksey, Director of Research, monitors 11,000 test plots and works with over 50 companies.  The ORC is a new addition to Agricenter’s research and is designed to provide growers of the Mid-South with data that they need to be successful in producing crops organically.  The ORC will evaluate soil carbon stocks, greenhouse gas emissions and crop productivity between organic and non-organic cropping systems.  It will also establish a long-term trial to compare organic and non-organic cropping systems in a southern, sub-tropical climate.  The Organic Resource Center is a three-year grant funded operation funded by an anonymous donor.

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Dr. Kirksey states “We are glad to announce the expansion of our research into the organic arena.  This will allow us to fill a much-needed gap in the region.”

Chris Lankford, Organic Resource Center Farm Manager, has operated his family farm in Ripley, TN for 27 years. His farm supplied Memphis Kroger with trailers full of delicious Ripley tomatoes for over 20 years.  Lankford most recently comes to Agricenter from the position of Farm Manager at PictSweet Company where he grew sweet corn, edamame, turnip greens, collard greens, green peas, black eyed peas, and kale.  His responsibilities at Agricenter include managing the ORC, assisting in additional research, and various farm duties. Lankford has a degree in Plant and Soil Science from UT Martin.  

John Butler, President, said “I look forward to working with Chris and am extremely excited about how this research can impact the community and region. He will make a great addition to the team.” 

 

Agricenter International, the education, agribusiness, research and agricultural hub of the Mid-South has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and has educated tens of thousands of students.  For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777. 

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Will hops find a home in Mid-South fields?

Reproduced from Delta Farm Press (original article can be viewed here).

Nov 9, 2017

By: Brad Robb

Bruce Kirksey crushes a mature hop “cone” between his fingers, lifts it toward his nose, sending his olfactory receptors into high gear, immediately associating the hop’s unmistakable odor to the distinct smell of beer.

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Photo: Brad Robb

Kirksey is the director of research at Agricenter International in Memphis, Tenn., which recently harvested its first crop of hops. Yes, hops. John Butler, Agricenter president, encouraged the idea of evaluating hops to capitalize on the growing trend of local microbreweries, the movement of eating locally-grown food, and the burgeoning desire of people to have a local flavor and taste in many aspects of their lives.

Local beers like Wiseacre and Ghost River, to Memphis Made (and my personal favorite) High Cotton, continue to endear consumer taste buds around the Mid-South to their unique and flavorful brews.

“Advancements in breeding have given us plants and cultivars that today break the boundaries of region-specific crop growth,” says Butler. “Barley has been grown in the Mid-South for hundreds of years for cattle feed, but malting barley is a new crop we want to evaluate.”

Agricenter International is known for its agricultural product/business development modeling concept. One of its goals has always been creating opportunities to increase diversity of local farming operations with minimal capital investment to increase farm-gate revenue.

The Agricenter makes a $524 million economic impact on the Mid-South region each year.

Getting Started

Kirksey grew five varieties offered by Great Lakes Hops. He planted five young plants of each variety that, based on his research, had the best chance for growth in the Mid-South’s environment.

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“We decided to go with plants rather than rhizomes because plants grown from tissue culture are more disease-tolerant and prone to good plant health,” adds Kirksey. “Hops are a perennial crop, so this year we concentrated on cutting the vines back to promote strong root development.”

Hop roots grow 15 to 20 feet deep, and Kirksey is hopeful that type of robust root system will help plants tolerate Mid-South winter temperatures, as well as the brutal Southern summers.

Hops are typically grown in semi-arid regions. In the Pacific Northwest, they are irrigated and proliferate in the desert region of Washington. “Two of the five varieties we planted turned yellow and did absolutely nothing, so we know there are two varieties we can’t grow in the Delta,” says Kirksey.

Agricenter staff built the wooden/rope trellis system needed for the plant’s runners to climb. Young plants went into the ground around April 1, and hand harvesting began on Sept. 1.

“Vines feel rough to the touch, almost like Velcro, and they grow incredibly fast — almost 9 inches a day. You can almost see them climbing the trellis ropes,” adds Kirksey. “Varieties mature at different times, so harvest can be pretty spread out.”

Economics, Pests and Problems

Pest pressure was almost non-existent this year, but Kirksey stands ready for that to change in year two. While there are registered products for pest control, he may try applying dormant oil that is often used on fruit trees. The oil sticks to a flying pest’s wings, preventing flight and egg lay. “It’s a good and safe way to get protection and is used on many ornamentals,” adds Kirksey.

Butler has been in contact with a few microbrewery owners who think purchasing hops and barley grown locally, beer made with water from the Memphis River Valley alluvial aquifer, and yeast from the Jackson, Miss., area would be an effective marketing angle.

“We’ve got to figure out how to get the hops processed into a manageable form. Most hops are delivered in pelletized form for easy handling and measuring.

A business plan is in the works and Butler is trying to evaluate if there are producers around the Mid-South willing to adopt hops into their operations. “We’ve got to devise a way to dry them down and achieve the appropriate moisture level demanded by the breweries,” says Butler. “It all requires an assembly line process from harvest and grading, to washing and packaging.”

Then there is the problem of malting the barley. An operation in North Carolina that will malt barley by the bushel. Malting requires wetting the barley to get the enzymes to activate the germination process. “You then have to stop the process at the right time,” adds Kirksey, “That’s very important.”

Their work will continue over the winter months through an experiment with 25 winter malting barley varieties to see how they mature. If they perform well, enjoying a cold beer made exclusively from products grown locally in the Mid-South could be in everyone’s future. Cheers!

Farm Education Day set for Nov 15, 2017

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November 8, 2017

20 years of “Farm Education Day”

This event has reached max capacity; however, media are welcome to attend.

MEMPHIS, TN --- The 20th Annual Farm Education Day will attract 554 students from five Shelby County Schools.  Specifically developed to reach the local urban fifth grade audience, they will interact with 12 exhibitors who are professionals in the field of corn, cotton, wildlife, poultry, honey bees, soybeans, farm equipment, produce, birds of prey, and livestock. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Agricenter “D Wing”

9:30am - 12:00pm

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Local farmers in the Memphis area are producing a tremendous amount of food and fiber, but unfortunately, many who live here never see the work that goes into the production that we depend on daily.  This event is done as a collaboration of Shelby County Soil Conservation District, UT-TSU Extension and Agricenter International.

Agricenter International, the education, agribusiness, research and agricultural hub of the Mid-South has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and has educated tens of thousands of students.  For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777. 

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Agricenter ShowPlace Arena Undergoing Renovations

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October 11, 2017

Agricenter ShowPlace Arena Undergoing Renovations

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MEMPHIS, TN --- Agricenter just announced the start of renovations for the ShowPlace Arena’s warm-up barn and the interior of the main arena.  This is the first injection of public capital into the Agricenter since it was built in the 1980s. 

Collectively the cost of the two projects is $6 million, but each was separately funded and contracted.  Agricenter is managing the improvements to the warm-up arena (funded by a grant from the State of Tennessee) with design work by Fleming Architects and construction by F & F Construction.  Work will include a new fresh look to the warm-up arena exterior, new meeting rooms, patio, and entryway gate. 

ShowPlace Main Arena improvements are managed by Shelby County Government (funded by grants from Shelby County and the State of Tennessee).  Design work on the interior renovations are by Evans Taylor Foster Childress Architects and construction work will be done by Jaycon Development Corporation pending Shelby County Commission approval.  Work will include seating, updated and improved concessions, and restroom improvements.

John Charles Wilson, President Emeritus and project manager for the improvements, said, “This renovation makes us very competitive with arenas around the country and we have already attracted new shows here because of the buzz around it.”  Last week the National Walking Horse Association hosted a nine-day show and had an economic impact in the community of $200,000. 

Agricenter is currently in a Master Planning stage for the remainder of their campus.

Agricenter International, the education, agribusiness, research and agricultural hub of the Mid-South has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and has educated tens of thousands of students.  For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777. 

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Agricenter Harvest Festival in its 14th year

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October 10, 2017

Agricenter Harvest Festival in its 14th year

MEMPHIS, TN --- Fall is here at Agricenter and we are celebrating with our 14th annual Harvest Festival. Bring your family to this FREE child-oriented event.  Since 2003, Agricenter Harvest Festival has attracted thousands each year.

October 21

10am – 2pm

Location: Farmer’s Market Barn

Your child can paint a pumpkin, eat popcorn and cotton candy, play games, get their face painted, listen to a live bluegrass band, take a hayride, watch a cotton gin demonstration and participate in the mystery box educational activity all for free! 

Thank you to our generous sponsors of this event:

GOLD SPONSORS

Robert E. Hicks with New York Life

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Helena Chemical Company

EVENT SPONSOR

Asgrow–Dekalb-Deltapine

Park in the ShowPlace Arena lot and enter from the east side.  Register for the giant pumpkin at the Registration table and get your free cotton candy tickets there.  Other concessions available for a fee.  Pictures from last year are here:  www.agricenter.org/harvestfestival.

Agricenter International, the education, agribusiness, research and agricultural hub of the Mid-South has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and has educated tens of thousands of students.  For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777. 

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Agricenter ShowPlace Arena Hosting National Walking Horse Association

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October 6, 2017

Agricenter ShowPlace Arena Hosting National Walking Horse Association

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MEMPHIS, TN --- From October 2 through 7, the National Walking Horse Association competition will be going on at ShowPlace Arena in the indoor and outdoor arenas.  This national competition attracts over 200 contestants from 18 states.  They compete in categories of dressage, trail pleasure, country pleasure, park lite, western dressage, trail obstacle, pleasure driving, and others.

National Walking Horse Association show manager Sue Fanelli said, “The NWHA is so very pleased to be able to come to Memphis for our national show.  Agricenter ShowPlace Arena has been super accommodating and we have a lovely venue to show our naturally gaited horses.”

ShowPlace Arena Manager, Jamie White added, “We are honored the NWHA chose ShowPlace Arena to host their national competition and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.” 

This event has an economic impact of over $200,000 for the local economy. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.  Click here for the schedule:

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ShowPlace Arena, run by Agricenter International, averages 212 event days and draws more than 200,000 visitors annually. Equestrian shows, fairs, circuses, and rodeos all use the arena.  With the modular flooring, the arena is also ideal for trade shows, concerts, and graduations. 

 

Agricenter International, the education, agribusiness, research and agricultural hub of the Mid-South has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and has educated tens of thousands of students.  For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777. 

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