Media Release - Agricenter Jr Fishing Rodeo 5-9-19

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May 9, 2019

Agricenter’s 16th Annual Junior Fishing Rodeo

Saturday, May 18, 2019

7am-10am

MEMPHIS, TN --- Join us for our 16th annual day of fishing and fun at Agricenter’s Catch'em Lakes on Saturday, May 18th!  There will be door prizes as well as awards for the first catfish, the largest catfish, and the most catfish caught!  This event is rain or shine. Children ages 5-13 years will be eligible to participate. 

 

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

Silver Sponsor: Helena Agri-Enterprises

Event Sponsor: TN Department of Agriculture

Print out the registration form (one per child) located at www.agricenter.org/rodeo and bring it with you the day of the event. Copies will also be available on site.  A $10 donation (per child) is encouraged.  All proceeds go to our agricultural education program. We accept checks, cash, and credit cards. 

 

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Agricenter To Host “Davos on the Delta” Field Day

MEMPHIS, TN – On Monday, May 13, Agricenter International is hosting a field day for Davos on the Delta conference attendees.  Over 300 industry thought leaders and experts in agriculture and technology will attend the four-day conference at the Peabody Hotel.  This is the third year that Davos on the Delta has been holding conversations about the future of the global food system and encouraging new investment.  The conference is hosted by iSelectFund, and you can learn more about registering to attend the conference by visiting: http://bit.ly/2Wiw18B

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At the field day, attendees will hear from Commissioner Charlie Hatcher of TN Dept of Agriculture and John Butler, President of Agricenter.  Fred Nichols of Archer Malmo will speak about how their advertising firm partners with Agricenter to operate the Archer Acre.  Pete Nelson, President of AgLaunch, will discuss its mission and partnership with Agricenter.  There will be a panel discussion about robotics startups led by Dan Harburg of Indigo. 

John Butler, President of Agricenter International, said, “It is so important to be a part of this event to connect innovators with investors in the Ag space.  This is an amazing event for Memphis and the Delta Region.” 

Moving into the field, the attendees will see field demonstrations from companies such as Autonomous Pilot, Aware Vehicles, Earth Sense, GroGuru, PheNode, Rabbit Tractors, Sentera, and Shepherd. 

Davos on the Delta will continue until May 16th with luminaries such as Governor Bill Lee, General Mills’ Jerry Lynch, Indigo Agriculture’s David Perry, and Benson Hill’s Matt Crisp.


Agricenter International, a 1,000-acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a 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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March 21, 2019

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 20th.  Over 115 people attended the Celebration and Exhibition at the Farmer’s Market.  Jim Jaggers, News Channel 3 Meteorologist, was emcee.  Welcome remarks were given by President John Butler of Agricenter International, Deputy Commissioner Tom Womack of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and Angela Hill on behalf of Shelby County Government. 

A panel discussion on the local food movement was hosted by Margaret Oldham and featured Dr. Heather Jamerson of 275 Food Project, Bill Ganus of Edible Memphis, and Rev. Marlon Foster of Knowledge Quest Green Leaf Learning Farm.  After the luncheon, the exhibition hall was open and many Ag companies had displays.

There were 378 art entries from Shelby & DeSoto Counties.  Cash prizes were given to each student ($100, $50, $25) and the teacher of each first-place student ($100).  The teacher whose name was drawn at random, Monica Scott, received $250 toward classroom supplies. 

 

Winners of the Ag Day Student Art Contest

Congrats to these amazing young artists!

3rd - 5th Grade Division

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1st Place: Veronica Gale, Cordova Elementary (Teachers: Shameka Carter and Martha Berge)

2nd Place: Melody McCloskey, Homeschool

3rd Place: Fatiha Dang Kua, Cordova Elementary

6th - 8th Grade Division

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1st Place: Ashley Merriweather, City University of Liberal Arts (Teacher: Monica Scott)

2nd Place: Maci McMahon, Arlington Middle School

3rd Place: Kathy Lam, Colonial Middle School

9th - 12th Grade Division

1st Place: Shridhar Athinarayanan, White Station High School (Teacher: Charles Berlin)

2nd Place: Susanna Smith, Arlington High School

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3rd Place: Brenna Jackson, Arlington High School

Sponsors

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

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Media Release - Ag Day Exhibition Open to the Public 3-14-19

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March 14, 2019

 

Agricenter’s Ag Day Exhibition Open to the Public

MEMPHIS, TN – The public is invited to attend Agricenter’s Ag Day Exhibition on Wednesday, March 20 at Agricenter Farmer’s Market. 

March 20, 2019

Exhibition  1:00 pm-3:00 pm

No registration required, drop-in format

Join us at 1:00 pm in the Farmer’s Market red barn for the Ag Day exhibition.  Visitors will be treated to ice cream while viewing the booths of local Ag businesses.  Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibition which is a drop-in between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, no reservation required. 

 

Prior to this, an invitation-only event is held honoring the student 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 “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

 

MEDIA IS INVITED TO ATTEND LUNCHEON

This year, Jim Jaggers, News Channel 3 Meteorologist will serve as emcee.  Welcome remarks will be given by Agricenter President John Butler.  Deputy Commissioner Tom Womack of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will speak on the economic impact of agriculture.  A panel discussion on the local food movement will feature Heather Jamerson, 275 Food Project; Bill Ganus, Edible Memphis; and Marlon Foster, Knowledge Quest Green Leaf Learning Farm. 

Tim Roberts, University of Tennessee Extension Agent & Agricenter International Director of Education, said, “Each year we are impressed with the quality and quantity of art submissions by these talented students.” 

Sponsors

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

 

Agricenter International, a 1,000-acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.

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Media Release - Agricenter is Potential Site for Relocation of NIFA 3-14-19

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March 14, 2019 

Agricenter is Potential Site for the National Headquarters

of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

MEMPHIS, TN – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on March 12 that Agricenter International is one of the top 67 candidates for the new headquarters of National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) which is within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

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Secretary Perdue said, “The announcement of this middle list shows that we are committed to the important missions of these agencies and transparency in our election process.”  To choose these top 67 locations, USDA and Ernst & Young analyzed 136 applications as well as labor force statistics and travel requirements.  A short list will be announced in April with a final announcement in May.

Agricenter President John Butler said, “It is an honor to be considered for the relocation of the NIFA headquarters. I am confident in our ability to showcase all that Memphis and Shelby County have to offer.  This move would be a game changer for the entire region.” 

As part of Agricenter’s recent strategic initiative, the expansion of the Innovation District is a number one priority.  The acreage already holds offices of Helena Agri-Enterprises, BASF, Ducks Unlimited headquarters, and Case IH training center.


Agricenter International, a 1,000-acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.

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Gov. Bill Lee Visited Agricenter Today

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March 8, 2019 

Gov. Bill Lee Visited Agricenter Today

MEMPHIS, TN – Governor Bill Lee spent time at Agricenter to tour the facility and visit with partners located on the campus.  Agricenter President, John Butler showed him the innovation center at Helena Agri-Enterprises and the automated greenhouse at BASF (formerly Bayer Crop Science). 

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Governor Lee finished the tour by talking to students that were attending a class on campus.  He encouraged the 3rd graders participating to ask questions about what agriculture is and where their food comes from.  He said, “If we can know more about [where our food comes from] we can know more about how to be healthy adults.” 

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Governor Lee stated, “Agricenter is an important piece in the transformation of the Ag industry and Memphis area.”  Adding, “Agriculture is a very important sector of the economy.  For kids to understand what agriculture is and where their food comes from, and even consider Ag as part of their future, that is important.” 

John Butler, President, says “It was an honor to host Governor Bill Lee and his team on the campus today.  It is incredible to have the Governor of our great state dedicated to promoting a stronger Ag industry in Tennessee.” 



Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.

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Agricenter’s 40th Anniversary & New Logo

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February 27, 2019 

Agricenter’s 40th Anniversary & New Logo

MEMPHIS, TN – Agricenter President, John Butler, is pleased to announce that 2019 is the 40th anniversary of Agricenter International.  To celebrate, Agricenter is revealing a new logo that will be used officially starting March 1 at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. 

John Butler, President, says “Agricenter has made a tremendous economic impact on the region in its 40 years of existence. We are the leader in agricultural field crop research and last year partnered with over 65 companies in research.”

Leading up to the 40th anniversary, Agricenter has completed a draft of a 20-year vision of the campus which includes developing an Innovation District, an Ag Experience Station, and a new Farmer’s Market. The final plan will be revealed later this year.  In addition, Agricenter updated their mission statement to read as follows: To advance knowledge and understanding of agriculture.

John Butler adds, “We will be celebrating the anniversary all year long with a variety of events such as the Feast on the Farm Gala on June 22.”

Join us at these Signature Events 

Jr. Fishing Rodeo – May 18

Feast on the Farm Gala – June 22

Harvest Festival – October 19

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Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.

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Agricenter’s Ag Day Student Art Contest

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January 31, 2019 

Agricenter’s Ag Day Student Art Contest + Exhibition

15th Year

MEMPHIS, TN – Calling all 3rd through 12th graders in Shelby and DeSoto Counties!  Enter Agricenter’s Ag Day Student Art Contest and Exhibition with your creative entries in these six categories: drawing, painting, collage, photography, graphic design and short video.  This is the 15th year of the Art Contest (formerly called the Poster Contest). 

 

Theme: Agriculture: Food for Life

Submission deadline: March 1, 2019

Who: Grades 3-12 in Shelby or DeSoto Counties

 

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 2019 National Ag Day theme of “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

Artwork submission period is now through March 1, 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.

Winners will be announced and entries on display at the Ag Day Celebration March 20 at the Farmer’s Market at Agricenter International.

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Ribbon cutting for ShowPlace Arena steps

Great turn out today at the ribbon cutting for the ShowPlace Arena steps! These steps and ramp were funded by a 2017 Shelby County Commission Community Enhancement Grant sponsored by former Chairman Heidi Shafer, and supported by former Commissioners Terry Roland, David Reaves, and George Chism. 
Pictured L-R: Commissioner Willie Brooks, Commissioner Michael Whaley, Agricenter Board Chairman Joe Callaway, Past Commission Chairman Heidi Shafer, Mayor Lee Harris, Agricenter President John Butler

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Agricenter ShowPlace Arena Steps Ribbon Cutting

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December 11, 2018

Agricenter ShowPlace Arena Steps Ribbon Cutting

MEMPHIS, TN --- You are invited to join Mayor Lee Harris, Shelby County Commissioners, former Chairman Heidi Shafer, and Agricenter President John Butler for the ribbon cutting for Agricenter’s ShowPlace Arena steps on December 13 at 1pm.  All of the public and media are invited.

December 13

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm

Please arrive early as the event will start promptly at 1pm

At the base of the ShowPlace Arena steps

105 S. Germantown Parkway

 

These steps and ramp were funded by a 2017 Shelby County Commission Community Enhancement Grant sponsored by former Chairman Heidi Shafer, and supported by former Commissioners Terry Roland, David Reaves, and George Chism

 

Former Chairman Shafer stated, “Agricenter is dear to my heart and this project is a good common sense physical project that will help draw in more tourist dollars.  I want to thank the past Commissioners for allowing me to dedicate a portion of District 5's grant money so all citizens can enjoy it.”

 

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. 

 

John Butler, President of Agricenter International stated, “We were pleased to receive the grant from the Shelby County Commission to install these much-needed improvements to our campus.”

Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.

 

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Media release - Agricenter adds two educators 12-4-18

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December 4, 2018

Agricenter International Adds Two Educators

MEMPHIS, TN – Agricenter International and University of Tennessee Extension have announced two additions to their joint education partnership.  Laura Robertson and Michael Owen have joined the staff as Shelby County Extension Agents focusing on 4-H and Youth Education.  Since 2003, Agricenter has provided educational opportunities for schools from pre-K to college that are offered at no cost to schools. 

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Laura Robertson holds a B.S. in Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences and a Masters from Louisiana State University.  She focuses on youth development in healthy living, leadership, service-learning, and curriculum development.  Michael Owen holds a B.S. in Agriculture from Auburn University.  He has worked as a county agent and public-school teacher for many years.  Both Laura and Michael will be serving as an Extension agent for Shelby County in 4-H and other youth development areas. 

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John Butler, President of Agricenter, said, “I look forward to working with Laura and Michael and am extremely excited about how their addition can impact youth education programs for the Memphis-Shelby County community.  They are excellent educators and are dedicated to our mission.”

Tim Roberts, Agricenter Director of Education and Shelby County Extension Agent, stated, “This is a great opportunity to expand the agriculture, forestry, and other natural resources program at Agricenter as well as increasing the many opportunities of 4-H in Shelby County.”

Jim Todd, Shelby County Extension Director, said, “The unique partnership with Agricenter and UT-TSU Extension allows us to grow the 4-H program with excellent educators and reach more students.”

Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.

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Agricenter Educator Wins Award 10-17-18

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October 17, 2018

Agricenter Educator Wins Award

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MEMPHIS, TN --- Tim Roberts, Agricenter Director of Education and University of Tennessee Extension Agent, received the Urban and Community Forestry Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC).  According to TUFC, Roberts won this for his “outstanding contributions to the urban forestry effort at the local, regional or state level.”

Roberts said, “I am honored to be given this award of excellence for the forestry education I have done at Agricenter.  It is a blessing to be able to teach so many students about our natural resources.” 

Roberts and others throughout the state were recognized at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville on Sunday, October 14, 2018.  The Award was presented Roberts for his work in Forestry Education.  The Educational Program at Agricenter educates approximately 10,000 students annually in agriculture, forestry, and other natural resources.  In 2017, he has worked with 28 schools and over 1,600 students specifically in the subject of forestry. 

John Butler, President of Agricenter International said, “Tim Roberts does an outstanding job and leads a very dedicated team.” 

Roberts received his B.S. degree from Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville and his M.S. from the University of Missouri - Columbia.  Roberts has been in agriculture extension since 1994 in Tennessee and in Missouri.  He began at Agricenter in 2003 and has also served for six years on the Progressive Agriculture Foundation Board of Directors. 

 

Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.

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