Media release - Kitchen Ribbon Cutting 8-20-19

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August 20, 2019

Commercial Kitchen Ribbon Cutting at Agricenter

MEMPHIS, TN --- Agricenter International celebrated the opening of their commercial kitchen last Friday with a luncheon and ribbon cutting.  In partnership with UT-TSU Shelby County Extension, the kitchen was built to provide hands-on food-preparation training to area youth and adults and was made possible by a grant from agricultural lender Farm Credit Mid-America.

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John Butler, President of Agricenter International, said, “Seeing this kitchen in operation with our first Jr. Chef Camp this past summer really speaks to the mission of the organization.  I look forward to seeing this kitchen incorporated into more education opportunities for youth and adults.”

The guests at the luncheon heard from various partners and participants who have used this kitchen before the grand opening.  Karen Bernard, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with UT-TSU Shelby County Extension, stated “When Agricenter discussed applying for the grant from Farm Credit Mid-America, we talked about the possibilities for adult and youth education and camps, now it is a dream come true!”  Jim Todd, Shelby County Director of UT Extension, echoed those remarks, adding, “The sky is the limit for what kind of programs we can develop around this commercial kitchen in teaching children and adults.”

Ben Jackson, a 10-year-old participant in the first Jr. Chef Camp this past summer, was also a guest speaker at the ribbon cutting.  He said, “The teachers explained all the kitchen rules and made sure we stayed safe.  My favorite part was tasting the food.  My mom has been so impressed with my cooking skills she lets me cook at home once a week.” 

Tim Williams, Sr. Vice President Ag Lending at Farm Credit Mid-America, said “We have heard today about the impact that the investment of this kitchen is already making.  I am so pleased we were able to partner with Agricenter to put forth this vision.  Because of this kitchen, there will be youth and adults who will learn more about how to prepare foods coming out of local farms and how to eat healthy.  We are thankful to be partners in this and know it will pay dividends for generations to come.”   

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Media release - Sunflowers are blooming 8-7-19

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August 7, 2019

Sunflowers in Bloom at Agricenter!

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MEMPHIS, TN --- Sunflowers are blooming today at Agricenter International.  Over 78,000 sunflower seeds were planted for the community to enjoy!  Agricenter International, a non-profit, enjoys providing this photography opportunity to the public free of charge.  

The sunflowers planted this year are the variety known as “Game Plan CL” and are 5-6’ tall. They will last a couple weeks, depending on the weather, and then their heads will get heavy with seeds and begin to droop.  Since there were two fields planted at staggered times, one month from now there will be a new stand of sunflowers blooming next to it.

Photography is allowed, but please do not pick sunflowers.  Agricenter has designated parking areas for you to enjoy the sunflowers – please enter on Timber Creek Drive and follow the signs for sunflower parking. 

Tag Agricenter International with hashtag #AgricenterSunflowers in your photos for possible inclusion in our album or email to info@agricenter.org. To view last year’s photos click here: www.agricenter.org/sunflowers

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Media Release - National Farmers Market Week at Agricenter Farmer's Market

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August 1, 2019

National Farmers Market Week at Agricenter Farmer's Market

MEMPHIS, TN --- Agricenter Farmer's Market, established in 1986, is the oldest continuously operated 6-day a week Farmer's Market in Tennessee. The vendors offer high quality fresh produce, beef, seafood, baked goods, and crafts! This is the only local market that is open six days each week during the peak growing season, May through October.

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Shop the Agricenter Farmer’s Market during National Farmers Market Week the first week of August (5th – 10th).  The Farmer’s Market is open each Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturdays (with added craft vendors) from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. 

Mark Hoggard, Agricenter Farmer's Market Manager, says “This is peak season for delicious tomatoes, purple hull peas, and lady peas and others.  We have a great group of farmers who always have fresh produce for their customers.  Each Saturday we have an additional 30+ vendors that sell beef, pork, lamb, seafood, flowers, and handcrafted wares.”  Read about our farmer’s here:

 www.agricenter.org/meetyourfarmer.


Enjoy a look back at the early years of the market here:  www.agricenter.org/history.

For a complete list of farmer’s market vendors:  www.agricenter.org/farmersmarket.

 

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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A Celebration of 40 years at Agricenter’s Feast on the Farm

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July 17, 2019

A Celebration of 40 years at Agricenter’s Feast on the Farm

MEMPHIS, TN --- Agricenter celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Feast on the Farm Gala on June 22, 2019.  Honorary Co-Chairs were Honorable Bill Morris, B. Lee Mallory, and Ham Smythe III who were instrumental in establishing the non-profit in 1979.  Guests heard from U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher.

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U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, while Tennessee’s 45th Governor, was instrumental in creating the Agricenter.  He was honored to be invited to “celebrate what Memphis and Shelby County have that is unique.”  He said, “For over 40 years, Agricenter has invested in the Memphis community, and I know it will continue to bring people together, invest in agricultural education and research and successfully adapt to the changes in our new economy.” 

John Butler, President of Agricenter International said, “This was an incredible event!  I love that we got a chance to reflect on the first 40 years and to thank the people who got Agricenter started.  We have a bright future ahead of us and I love the positive impact we are having on the Memphis-Shelby County Community.” 

Over 500 guests, chefs, and volunteers attended the 5th annual gala and 100% of the funds raised go to support Agricenter International’s education program.  John Bryant served as emcee for the evening and guests were offered an array of tastings from 24 chefs and restaurants while bidding on unique silent auction items.  The spirited live auction led by Jeff Morris of Morris Realty & Auction captivated bidders with hunting trips, diamonds, and sporting adventures.  Entertainment at the after party by The Management Band rounded out the fun-filled evening.  

All proceeds from the event support Agricenter International’s education program which educates over 10,000 students each year.  Christine Donhardt, Event Chair, said, “This gala was our largest fundraiser to date, providing critical funding for our extensive education programs.  We could not provide this level of education without the help of generous supporters!”

 

Did you miss the fun but still want in on the action?  New online auction items are available now, many starting at $5!  Support the cause today by clicking this link: https://Feast2019.givesmart.com

 

Photos from the evening can be viewed on our Facebook page here:  https://tinyurl.com/y6bgce8m

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Alexander: Memphis’ Agricenter is a Tennessee Success Story

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Press Release from Sen. Lamar Alexander about the 40th anniversary of Agricenter International.

Sen. Lamar Alexander said, “For over 40 years, Agricenter has invested in the Memphis community, and I know it will continue to bring people together, invest in agricultural education and research and successfully adapt to the changes in our new economy.”

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Agricenter’s Feast on the Farm Gala: Tickets Available Now!

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June 4, 2019

Agricenter’s Feast on the Farm Gala

Tickets Available Now!

MEMPHIS, TN --- Join Agricenter International at the 5th annual Feast on the Farm Gala, a fun tasting event with a country flair!  This event features 22 chefs & restaurants, exciting silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and dancing to benefiting Agricenter’s agricultural education programs. 

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Saturday June 22, 2019

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Agricenter is celebrating their 40th anniversary at this gala and will honor event co-chairs: Honorable Bill Morris, B. Lee Mallory, and Ham Smythe III who were instrumental in establishing the non-profit. 

Christine Donhardt, event chairperson said, “All proceeds from the event support Agricenter’s education program and allow us to continue to offer quality programing to over 10,000 students a year.” 

Buy gala tickets & raffle tickets online today:

www.agricenter.org/feast

Thank you to our sponsors!

Diamond sponsor:  Helena Agri-Enterprises.

Silver sponsors: Boyle Investment Company & Asgrow-DEKALB-Deltapine.

Bronze sponsors: TN Department of Agriculture, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Drexel, Trustmark & The Seam.

Copper sponsors: Cargill & Staplcotn.

Raffle sponsor: Taylor Land Management.

Featured sponsors: Hicks Convention Services and Special Events, Nolan Production Group, Archer Malmo & Doron Diamonds Direct.

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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. 

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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

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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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