From Farm to Plate, 10th Annual Ag Innovation Showcase Highlights Trends and Technologies Transforming the Food Industry

Leading voices from across the food industry to explore an array of data-driven innovations within the context of dramatic shifts in consumer demand and demographics

Ag Innovation Showcase Takes Place Sept. 10-12 in St. Louis

Los Angeles, CA (August 3, 2018) - Larta Institute has announced the finalized program for the 10th Ag Innovation Showcase, the industry’s leading event celebrating innovations in agriculture and food, taking place this year from September 10-12, 2018, at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO.

The 2018 program brings together entrepreneurs with innovative solutions from many countries, industry professionals, investors and other attendees from around the world. The content-rich agenda seeks to trace the arc of innovation in plant nutrition, working with nature’s diversity, exploring new sources of protein, and seeking to introduce greater transparency into the entire value chain from production and farming to distribution. The theme From Farm to Plate underscores the commitment of the 2018 Showcase to establish clarity, dialogue and excellence in a time of increased consumer scrutiny and interest and demand. This year, the fertilizer industry, focused as it is on sustainability, plant nutrition and environmental footprint, is well represented at the Showcase, with major industry figures from across that industry’s value chain speaking or in attendance, including Mark Thompson, Vice President of Business Development at Nutrien; Zhai Jidong, Vice President from Kingenta; Ryan Bond, Vice President Strategic Marketing and Innovation from Koch Agronomic Services; Charlotte Hebebrand, Director General of the International Fertilizer Association; and Bob Morris, President of AndMore Associates and Ag Showcase Advisory Committee member.

“We are exceptionally proud that the 10th edition of this community event brings together some of the most innovative and influential voices across the global food industry,” said Larta Institute CEO Rohit Shukla. “We are looking back to look forward, celebrating 10 years of innovation in the entire industry and recognizing the extraordinary shifts in consumer preferences and interest in food. “

The event is anchored by keynotes from global agriculture technology leaders: Mehmood Khan, Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of PepsiCo, who will describe the power of consumers to help influence food practices; Jill Kolling, Global Sustainability Leader of Cargill, who will speak to the increasing traceability and transparency of commodity supply chains; Neal Gutterson CTO of Corteva, focusing on sustainable solutions for farmers and Rebecca Doyle, former Director of the United Nations World Food Programme and co-owner of the Hickory Grove Pork Farm, who will address the demands on the world food system for addressing nutritional deficiencies, and escalating needs for food security amid an exploding world population.

The event will also feature an alumni panel and select spotlights designed to celebrate the 10-year history of the event and past showcase themes, reflecting on changes within the industry since the event’s inception in 2009 - including blockchain technologies, impacts from a changing climate, pursuit of closed loop systems, automation on the farm, and the convergence of the food, health and energy sectors.

Additionally, a soon-to-be-announced selection of innovative companies working in these areas of interest from around the world will present their solutions to widely-felt problems and issues facing the sector as the challenges of feeding 9 billion people by 2050 has become a rallying cry for innovators everywhere.

The full event program is available at

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Established in 2009 by partners and co-founders, Larta Institute, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and BRDG Park, the Ag Innovation Showcase is the world’s premier event focusing on the convergence of agriculture and technology. It brings together those with a significant stake in agriculture and agricultural technology – innovators, researchers, government agencies, corporations, investors and others – to promote investment in cutting-edge technology and biotechnology to meet the world’s growing food supply needs. Follow the event on Twitter: @Agshowcase and #AIS2018

Larta Institute – Founded in Los Angeles in 1993, Larta Institute is an internationally-recognized technology accelerator that has helped more than 10,000 companies transform ideas into commercialized, socially-beneficial innovations in science and technology, particularly in agriculture and the life sciences. With a global network of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, industry leaders, research institutions, government agencies and support organizations, Larta Institute conducts commercialization assistance programs throughout the U.S. and in more than 20 countries. Follow us on Twitter @LartaInstitute.

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, education and outreach aim to have impact at the nexus of food security and the environment, and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To keep up to date with Danforth Center’s current operations and areas of research, please visit,, featuring information on Center scientists, news, and the “Roots & Shoots” blog. Follow us on Twitter at @DanforthCenter.