Sept. 11-13, 2017 | St. Louis, MO


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

Larta is celebrating 25 years as a non-profit organization. Our mission is to support the innovators that will “feed, fuel, and heal” the planet. We work with entrepreneurs both directly and through clients such as US R&D agencies, including USDA, DOE, NIH and NSF, to help accelerate the commercialization of innovative products and services funded by these agencies. Our work is virtual, delivered through a network of experts and stakeholders, and always personalized and measurable. We are proud of an impressive track record of investments and acquisitions and continued market success of our portfolio companies. We have co-produced the Showcase as a vital venue for a community of interested, passionate advocates on behalf of sustainable farming, new sources of food and remarkable innovations in plant nutrition and input management.

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 and innovation. 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, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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.