October 4, 2019
John Butler, a fifth generation Tennessee farmer, is the president of Agricenter International. Brad Robb
AgLaunch, a program created through the Tennessee Governor's Rural Challenge 10 Year Plan, connects entrepreneurs with farmers to create innovative ag solutions.
They recently held a field day at Agricenter International located in Memphis, Tenn., to showcase some of the latest products being fostered under their developmental umbrella.
From grain sorghum and industrial hemp cultivars, to a new wireless underground moisture sensing system (WUGS) that is being used on a farm in Savannah, Tenn., the field day centered around the next generation of ag developments.
The grain sorghum trial is focusing on food-grade grain sorghum for its potential use in non-traditional markets like the spirits/distillery industry.
Multiple varieties of industrial hemp are being produced to test their ability to adapt to the hot and humid growing environment of the Mid-South.
John Butler, president and CEO, Agricenter International, oversees the 1,000-acre facility. “We have around 600 acres dedicated to various crops targeted toward new and traditional agricultural markets,” says Butler. “We provide a space for the unbiased development, evaluation and demonstration of the latest and most advanced agricultural technologies and products.”
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