Each year, more than 1.3 million people visit Agricenter International, a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of agriculture.  It is the third largest 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.  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

  • Marjory Walker, Vice Chair; National Cotton Council of America

  • Willie German, Secretary; German Farms

  • Garner Williams, Treasurer; The Marston Group, PLC

  • Margaret Oldham, At-Large Member, MWOldham Consulting

  • Joe McKinnon, At-Large Member, Tennessee Farm Bureau

  • John Butler, Ex Officio Member, President, Agricenter International, Inc.

Board Members

  • Charles Askew, Retired from C.D.Askew Company, Realtors

  • Colleen Coury, TN Department of Agriculture

  • Mike Dennison, BASF

  • Marlon Foster, Knowledge Quest

  • Joel Fulmer, Boyle Investments

  • Earl Grochau, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

  • Bliss Hicky, Rutledge Investment Company

  • Andrew Jordan, Jordan Associates

  • Sean McCarty, Helena Agri-Enterprises

  • Dian Berryman McGuire, Berryman & Associates

  • Bill Mayfield, Retired from USDA

  • Wayne Morris, Retired from FedEx Express

  • Tim Price, Southern Cotton Ginners Association

  • Mark Pryor, The Seam

  • Steve Shields, Jackson, Shields, Yeiser, & Holt

  • Gary Taylor, Retired from Cargill Cotton

  • Jai Templeton, Former Commissioner of TN Department of Agriculture

  • Jim Todd, University of Tennessee Extension

  • Lee Todd, Retired from Southern Cotton Ginners Association

  • Brad Williams, Kelley Enterprises/Burlison Gin Co/Kelcot Warehouses

Shelby County Agricenter Commission

  • Richard Hollis, Jr., Chairman of the Commission, Hollis & Burns Insurance, Inc.

  • Bill Gillon, Vice Chairman, The Cotton Board

  • Marsh Campbell, Retired from Regions Bank

  • Dorothy Cleaves, SunTrust Bank

  • Chris Triplett, Ensafe

  • Tom Needham, Shelby County Mayoral Designee, Shelby County Public Works

  • Commissioner David Bradford, 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, President Emeritus Agricenter International, Advisory