Sept. 12-14, 2016 | St. Louis, MO

Nine years we saw a need to establish a gathering of innovators, investors, and others in the ag-tech space. We are proud to report that since that time the Ag Innovation Showcase has established a loyal following and community. Beginning with the first Ag Innovation Showcase in 2009, we have featured panels and presentations that address important topics including the development of biofuels and biomaterials, advances in biotechnology, progress in animal health, and, more recently the great changes facing the future of agriculture and the role of biotechnology in agriculture. 

As the premier event where Ag’s biggest names, brightest innovators & most influential investors connect, we encourage the convergence of diverse technology solutions around platforms to help bring the industry to the next level of productivity and sustainability. We are confident in continuing the tradition of creative thinking directed toward profound challenges and great opportunities in agriculture, and we invite you to stay tuned for the 2017 Ag Innovation Showcase. Join our mailing list to stay up to date with developments. Applications to present at the 2017 Showcase are now open - apply here.

The Ag Innovation Showcase is a joint effort of the Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the Larta Institute. 

Event History

  • The 2015 Showcase was a sold out event featuring presenting companies from 12 countries, attendees from across the globe, and dialogues on Ag’s most pressing topics. We challenged attendees to think of new ways to discuss the GMO debate, introduced ideas about how to build a safer more sustainable food supply chain, and discussed the ways that data tools can be used to create more adaptive ag systems. Four of the presenting companies were women owned business, eight brought biological solutions to the market, and several jumped industry lines with their concepts. 

  • The 2014 Ag Innovation Showcase set another record and has ascended to world-class status. We discussed major issues facing Ag from the profile of the new modern farmer to the role of biotechnology beyond GMs. After 6 years, the Showcase has proven to be more than a conference but a community with new faces joining the ones who have attended since its inception in 2009.  

  • 5 Years Energizing Ag Innovation

    In 2013, the Showcase covered a diverse set of topics including sustainability and re-use, food security, precision agriculture, and the use of data in farm management. Through lively discussion, the Showcase was able to bring all of these elements together into what closing keynote speaker, Jim Budzynski, called “Ag 3.0.”

  • Crossing Borders: Advancing Ag in Emerging Economies 

    In 2012, the Showcase attracted a record number of 11 countries, including China, India, and South Africa. Discussions focused on the unique challenges and unprecedented opportunities for Ag in emerging markets, as well as how to drive funding in the food and agriculture industries.    

  • New Frontiers in Ag Research: Tools to Drive Discovery

    In 2011, the Showcase sought to explore the unique challenges faced by members of the Agriculture industry as they continue to drive the industry forward. Discussions focused on how to develop new tools to drive innovation, challenges to Ag entrepreneurs, and how to increase investment in Ag related research. 

  • Is Agriculture the Next Cleantech?

    In 2010, the Showcase focused on the intersection between energy and agriculture. Speakers and panels discussed the myriad of ways agriculture is both affected by energy issues and how it plays a role in developing new energy alternatives. 

  • Spurring Ag Innovation Through Public-Private Partnerships 

    In its inaugural year, the Ag Innovation Showcase brought together key influencers across various sectors of the agriculture industry in order to highlight, discuss, and bring new solutions to the top issues and concerns facing the industry. We were ahead of the cruve and anticipated the nexus of agriculture & data, “precision agriculture.”