Emerging Technologies in Ag-Bio, Food, Biofuels, and Sustainability to be Presented at Fifth Annual Ag Innovation Showcase

  Emerging Technologies in Ag-Bio, Food, Biofuels, and Sustainability to be
               Presented at Fifth Annual Ag Innovation Showcase

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 4, 2013

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

           Established in 2009, the Ag Innovation Showcase is the leading
           annual global event for agriculture's industry leaders,
           entrepreneurs, and capital providers. Over the course of each year,
           Larta Institute, on behalf of the Showcase partners, identifies,
           selects and promotes emerging technologies in ag-bio, food and
What:   nutrition, biofuels, sustainable materials, clean-tech, information
           technology, and animal health.
           Held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO,
           the largest independent plant science research institute in the
           world, the Ag Innovation Showcase is a joint effort of BRDG
           ("bridge") Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center and the Larta
           Institute, as well as a number of sponsors.
When:      September 9-11, 2013
           The Showcase will feature presentations by high-impact
           entrepreneurs from around the globe focusing on: precision
           agriculture; the use of biological solutions in agriculture; the
           development of plant-based renewables; and innovations in
           traditional agriculture.
           The opening keynote address will be given by Dr. Robert Fraley,
           chief technology officer at Monsanto Company and Dr. James
           Budzynski, managing principal at MacroGain Partners will give the
           closing address. In addition, the event will feature a group of ag
           heavyweights discussing the industry's current hot topics of
           precision agriculture, the role of data, IT and analytics, and the
           future of biosolutions in agriculture.
Who:    Following are highlights from some of the companies and
           technologies that are being presented

             oENTERRA targets the elimination of food waste in processing it
               as both a natural fertilizer and a high-quality feed, using the
               services of an intermediary called the Black Soldier Fly.
               Referred to as "Renewable Food."
             oDACOM is a Dutch company that brings sensor, Internet, and
               scientific concepts to the palm of your hand via smartphone, to
               help reduce the usage of a limited resource, water.
             oCropLogic marries crop science with information technology in
               operating a continuous decision support system for crop
               growers, enabling forecasting and predictive strategy, via the
               cloud.
           The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Where:    975 North Warson Road
           St. Louis, Missouri 63132
           Now in its fifth year, the Showcase has made a mark for itself in
           its continued emphasis on the issues that are driving world-wide
           approaches to food scarcity, security and availability, and then
           "curating" innovations that offer new insights into tackling these
           problems. Its panels of current industry executives, keynotes by
           acclaimed experts, and presentations by carefully vetted innovators
Why:  are widely considered world-class.
           Ninety five percent of companies that have presented at the
           Showcase have found potential partners and four of every five
           presenters have found potential investors. In addition,
           post-Showcase, two presenters were acquired by companies in
           attendance at the event. As a whole, past presenters have gone on
           to raise more than $96 million in investments for their innovative
           strategies.

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