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


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). 


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 or call 901-757-7777.


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