"Outside-the-Box" Entrepreneurs to Address Resource Constraints, Crop Shortages at Fifth Ag Innovation Showcase

    "Outside-the-Box" Entrepreneurs to Address Resource Constraints, Crop
                  Shortages at Fifth Ag Innovation Showcase

Premier International Innovation event will bring together Ag's industry
leaders, capital providers and emerging entrepreneurs

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, July 31, 2013

ST. LOUIS, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The fifth annual Ag Innovation
Showcase will be held Sept. 9-11, 2013 at the Danforth Plant Science Center
(www.AgShowcase.com). With food at the center of global attention, the event
hosted by the Bio-Research and Development Growth (BRDG) Park, Danforth Center
and the Larta Institute, will feature presentations by "outside-the-box"
entrepreneurs with revolutionary technology solutions to the industry's
immediate challenges of resource constraints and crop and food shortages
aggravated by droughts, environmental degradation, pestilence and increasingly
limited pesticide resistance.

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The event will open with a keynote address by Dr. Robert Fraley, Chief
Technology Officer at Monsanto Company, and close with a keynote by Dr. James
Budzynski, Venture Partner at Open Prairie Ventures. It will include panel
discussions featuring ag-tech leaders exploring the industry's hottest trends,
with a focus on the thematic areas of precision agriculture, the use of
biological solutions in agriculture, the continued development of renewables,
and the investment outlook for early stage ag-tech companies.

"With technology driven solutions recognized as critical to the way forward
for the industry, the Ag Innovation Showcase has evolved into the premier
innovation event that provides a platform for dialog and deal-flow centered
around solutions of the future," said Sam Fiorello, COO Donald Danforth Plant
Science Center & President of BRDG Park.

Historically, the Showcase has proven to be particularly valuable for emerging
ag-tech entrepreneurs. Ninety-five percent of presenters found potential
partners and four of every five presenters found potential investors. In
addition, post-Showcase, two presenters were acquired by strategics in
attendance at the event, and the cohort of past presenters went on to raise
more than $96 million in funding.

"Over the past five years, we have seen the industry take note of the
prominence and relevance of the issues highlighted at the Ag Innovation
Showcase every year, reflected in increased support from industry sponsors,
including corporate strategics and investment groups, international country
partners and most significantly, commercial success for past presenters," said
Rohit Shukla, CEO and founder of Larta Institute.

About the Ag Innovation Showcase

Established in 2009, the Ag Innovation Showcase is the leading annual global
event for agriculture's industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and capital
providers. It promotes emerging technologies in ag-bio, food and nutrition,
biofuels, sustainable materials, clean-tech, information technology and animal
health, and highlights the issues that are driving global approaches to food
safety and security. For more information or to register, visit

For additional information, contact:
Nandini Taneja, Email, (213) 538-1449
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SOURCE Larta Institute
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