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AgLaunch field day highlights new crops and technologies

John Butler, a fifth generation Tennessee farmer, is the president of Agricenter International.
Industrial hemp and grain sorghum research continues at Agricenter International

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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