The principal organizers of the Ag Innovation Showcase are two well-established non-profit organizations that have sought to promote understanding and development of a robust community around agriculture and food. They are noted for their passion and commitment to a mission to engage the community they have brought together at the Showcase for 10 years. They seek to eliminate the chatter and illuminate the best, from Farm to Plate.


Larta Institute

For 20 years, Larta has assisted and transformed 3,500 innovations into commercially successful enterprises that positively impact the human good. Our mission and passion is to energize the transformation of ideas into solutions that elevate economic opportunities and make lives better for people around the world. We work side-by-side with entrepreneurs, industries and governments to help them achieve measurable goals and access specialized expertise & resources through a unique Network-Centric model.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research aims to feed the hungry and improve human health, preserve and renew the environment and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants and contract revenue from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates and Howard G. Buffett Foundations.



The Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park

Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center helps life science companies bridge research, resources and relationships to achieve commercial success. In addition to providing world-class wet laboratories, office space and a prominent incubator, BRDG Park’s location on the Danforth Center’s campus facilitates access to the intellectual capital of top scientists, as well as to greenhouses, growth chambers, microscopy and proteomics facilities and other vital resources. Located in suburban St. Louis County, Missouri, BRDG Park is being developed by Wexford Science +Technology LLC, a BioMed Realty Company, a development company led by a seasoned team of real estate, finance and engineering experts specializing in major university facilities and science research parks nationwide.


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Innovations are disrupting the food supply chain beginning with farm inputs and continuing through to consumers to create a sustainable food system that will produce nutrition to feed the planet. The 10 th year event, September 10-12 in St Louis, will curate discussions looking forward to emerging industry trends, present high-impact agrifood innovations from around the world celebrating alumni from previous years and introducing new companies.