About Ag Innovation Showcase 

Ag Showcase provides an intimate venue  for industry leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs to form relationships and engage in substantive  discussions that will  enable  innovative solutions coming to market for consumer, social, commercial, and environmental benefit.   We invite  speakers, sponsors,  early-stage companies, and other stakeholders in food and agriculture innovation to network with each other  to  address today’s questions  and  develop tomorrow’s solutions for feeding the planet.  

The common theme across the 10-year span of AIS since 2008 has been to explore global and national issues related to soil health, food production, food sustainability, food waste and food security. AIS has been at the forefront of bringing thought leaders and influencers in the field of agriculture and related industry to initiate dialogue and drive collaborations domestically and internationally. 

In 2019, Ag Innovation Showcase seeks to explore new territory and thus will move from St. Louis, its founding location to Minneapolis, MN. Larta is thrilled to envision a new AIS as agriculture has been the cornerstone of Minnesota’s economy.  


94% of presenters introduced to new partnership opportunities

89% of presenters found new investor leads

Event History

Sept. 10-12, 2018

Our Keynote, Dr. Mehmood Khan from PepsiCo, addressed showcase attendees on, “The Modern Consumer’s Reverse-Commute Across the Value Chain.” In addition, this year we had had robust conversations in a new format we deemed as the ‘Talk Shows’ on our Ag Showcase stage, our panelists discussed impressive topics such as “Precise Plant Nutrition” and moving across the value chain from “Farm to Plate.” 

Our 2018 AIS was the largest attendance yet of Ag industry stakeholders and we hope that you will continue to grow with us as we move to new territory in Minneapolis for 2019. 


Themes: From Farm to Plate
Innovative approaches and solutions to ensure nutrition across the entire food value chain 

Soil Health and plant nutrition

Food waste and food security

Changing consumer demands



Ingredients and new sources for healthy ingredients

Decontamination and disease detection for food safety

Inputs of genetics, “beneficials” and biologics

Climate forecasting

Recovery and recycling of inputs for waste reduction across production chains.

Sept. 11-13, 2017

The 2017 Showcase was sold out for the third year.

With the backdrop of mergers and consolidation going on in the agriculture industry, our keynote speaker, Adrian Percy shared an expansive view of the state of the art, the science and the challenges from the perspective of Bayer Crop Strategies.

We convened a “disruptive dialogue” to explore innovations that address soil health. For the View from the Farm we turned to next generation family farmers.


Sept. 12-14, 2016

The 2016 Showcase sold out for the second year.

We continued our exploration of global agriculture and food production issues, which included innovative solutions to food waste, and the build-up of consumer trust and social license for emerging technologies like gene editing.

We expanded the View from the Farm to include perspectives from large contract growers, California fresh produce growers, and indoor growers regarding the technical, environmental, and reputation issues that farmers are facing.



Precision Ag and Automation: from data collection to analytics, from artificial intelligence to integration of various innovations, aimed at better operational decisions and forecasts for financial and economic outcomes.

Agriculture inputs, diagnostic tools, and breeding:  increasing sustainability and lowering costs for farmers and ranchers including sustainable animal production, animal vaccines, plant disease detection, and bio-based inputs for improved plant health and crop yields.

Alternative Systems for food and feed-stocks



GMOs and new ways to address the issues they present

Food supply chains: increasing safety and sustainability

Data tools and application in more adaptive ag systems.

Sept. 14-16, 2015

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. 

Four of the presenting companies were women owned business, eight brought biological solutions to the market, and several jumped industry lines with their concepts. 


Sept. 8-11, 2014

The 2014 Showcase set another record and ascended to world-class status, discussing major issues facing Ag from the profile of the new modern farmer to the role of biotechnology beyond GMs.

After 6 years, the Showcase proved to be not just a conference but a community with new faces joining the ones who have attended since its inception in 2009.  



Sept. 9-10, 2013

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.”


Sept. 10-12, 2012

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.    


May 23-24, 2011

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. 

May 24-25, 2010

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. 



May 18-19, 2009

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 curve and anticipated the nexus of agriculture & data, “precision agriculture.”



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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.