Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Rd
Memphis TN 38120-2130
Contact Information
Address 7777 Walnut Grove Rd
Memphis , TN 38120 2130
Telephone 901 757-7777
E-mail cdonhardt@agricenter.org
Mission Statement Agricenter International is a non-profit dedicated to agricultural research, education, and conservation.
Web and Social Media
Video
Children at the Farmer's Market
Other ways to Donate, Support, or Volunteer You can donate through the Agricenter webpage.  Volunteers are always needed for work with the students or for special events. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director John R. Butler
Board Chair Mr Jim Boyd
Board Chair Company Affiliation Livestock Nutrition Center
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1986
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $3,888,793.00
Projected Expenses $3,466,914.00
Statements
Mission Agricenter International is a non-profit dedicated to agricultural research, education, and conservation.
Background The approximately 1000-acre Agricenter International, a non-profit organization formed in 1981 on the site of the former Shelby County Penal Farm, is an integral, but separately governed part of the 4500-acre Shelby Farms. In 2006, the Shelby County Commission approved a land conservation easement designed to protect Agricenter and Shelby Farms Park for at least the next 50 years. This farm, "where the country meets the city," is a tremendous natural resource that should be treasured, protected, and managed appropriately.
Impact

Agricenter has made a number of impacts in agriculture research and education in this past year:

In the past two years, over 73 schools have participated in the education program. More than 4,000 K-12 students learned about agriculture and the environment.  Based on grade level, teachers choose from a list of eight courses that tie into their curriculum.  To summarize the curriculum, students can learn about seeds and fruit, production crops like corn and soybeans, forestry, pollution and recycling, and the water cycle.  Since 2015, 33% more students have been educated by our Agricenter education staff.

 
In addition, valuable agriculture research has been conducted on the property in field plots.   
 
The agritourism programs offered through Agricenter International continue to educate and provide economic stimulus to the county and region. The overall economic impact of Agricenter International, the business entities operating as tenants and visitor spending at events, is $524 million annually. Local taxes collected from these activities are $4.7 million annually, and direct and indirect jobs produced are 2,517.
Needs The greatest need is for additional funding for the educational programs in order to increase the number of students who can be researched throughout the school year. Additional needs are for the completion of a bike trail linking the Greenline to the Farmer's Market, funds improvements to the RV Park, and capital improvements to the ShowPlace Arena and Expo Center. 
CEO/Executive DirectorComments Agricenter International is America’s largest urban agricultural research and education facility.  For over 35 years, this self-sustaining, non-profit organization in Shelby County has facilitated agricultural research and educational programs while promoting environmental conservation, natural area preservation and recreational opportunities.  Agricenter is a hands-on showcase for how production agriculture provides a safe and abundant global food and fiber supply.
Board Chair Statement All citizens in our community should appreciate the current and future value of Agricenter in enriching our lives and improving our economy.  All should make use of this “crown jewel” here in our own backyard.  You are invited to come walk our trails, bring children and adults to learn at our Outdoor Classroom, visit our Farmers Market, learn about solar power generation and take time to enjoy the many great shows and events featured at Agricenter.  For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777. 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
TN
MS
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Agricenter is a resource for the Mid-South, especially counties within 100 miles of Shelby County. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Jim Boyd
Company Affiliation Livestock Nutrition Center
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Joe Callaway
Company Affiliation The Callaway Group
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Charles Askew Retired
Scott Barry SSR
Jim Boyd Retired
John Butler President, Agricenter International, Inc.
Joe Callaway The Callaway Group
Mike Dennison BASF
Marlon Foster Knowledge Quest
Joel Fulmer Boyle Investments
Willie German German Farms
Earl Grochau Ducks Unlimited
Bliss Hickey Retired
Gary Jamerson Producer
Andy Jordan Jordan Associates
Bill Mayfield Agricultural Engineering Consultant
Fletcher Maynard Retired
Sean McCarty Helena Chemical Company
Dian McGuire Berryman and Associates
Joe McKinnon Tennessee Farm Bureau
Wayne Morris Retired
Margaret Oldham MWOldham Consulting
Tim Price Southern Cotton Ginners Association
Steve Shields Jackson, Shields, Yeiser, and Holt
Gary Taylor Retired
Jai Templeton Commissioner of TN Department of Agriculture
Ann Terry Memphis BioWorks
Jim Todd University of Tennessee Extension
Lee Todd Southern Cotton Ginners Assn. (Retired)
Marjory Walker National Cotton Council of America
Brad Williams Kelley Enterprises Burlison Gin Co Kelcot Warehouses
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 27
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 25
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 81
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Education
Finance
Marketing
Operations
Nominating
Human Resources / Personnel
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director
Executive Director John R. Butler
Experience Butler, a fifth generation farmer, has been owner/operator of Jones Creek Farms for the last 20 years but is transitioning into the Presidency of Agricenter. John is passionate about the importance of U.S. agriculture and its role in providing the world with nutritious and economical products. He has spent countless hours traveling all over the U.S. and the world telling the story of American agriculture. He has served on several commodity associations and has been very active in numerous professional organizations such as the American and Tennessee Farm Bureaus, the United Soybean Board, the Tennessee Beef Industry Council, the Tennessee Soybean Association, and the Center for Food Integrity, to name a few.
Staff
Full Time Staff 25
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 150
Contractors 1
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 7
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
League of Agricultural & Equine Centers2016
Weed Science Society of America2016
Tennessee Agricultural Production Association2016
Tennessee Agricultural Production Association2016
National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants2016
International Association of Venue Managers2016
Programs
Description
Eight classes are offered at the Agricenter, each with a target age group.  Teachers can request which course they would like.  Bus scholarships are available if the school cannot afford transportation. 
 
In addition, there are nine annual programs offered at specific times throughout the year.  These programs are: Forest Exploration, Plant Camp, Enviro Ed Expo, Progressive Ag Safety Day for Urban Youth, Farm Ed Day, FFA Fall Field Day, Ag Technology Career Forum (formerly called FFA Spring Thaw). Energy Field Day. 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $190,000.00
Short Term Success Short-term success can be understood by this example: A class came out to Agricenter to learn about technology and automation. They were told three times that the tractor was fully automated and it can drive itself.  They said they understood what that meant but it wasn't until the farmer got off the tractor he was driving and it kept going that they fully understood.  Experiential learning can be very powerful! 
Long Term Success Tens of thousands of students are educated at Agricenter about their environment and agriculture - the food they eat and the fiber they wear.  The long-term success of the program can be measured by being able to coordinate with what the teachers are teaching in a classroom to what the children experience in nature during our education sessions. 
Examples of Program Success Our educators take students to the corn field and talk to them about where the movie theatre popcorn comes from and it becomes very real to them.  When they stand in a field of cotton and the educators tell them their cotton t-shirt started out as a plant it connects them to nature.  
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $3,888,793.00
Projected Expenses $3,466,914.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$76,042$92,776$94,468
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$2,849,274$2,607,183$2,505,088
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,351$2,453$4,539
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$43,955$65,763$88,764
Other$626,368$486,075$389,537
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,442,373$2,135,575$2,103,228
Administration Expense$896,472$925,686$819,420
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.041.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%70%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,123,864$2,601,081$2,416,647
Current Assets$1,050,402$755,231$824,432
Long-Term Liabilities$530,883$432,464$194,836
Current Liabilities$743,175$536,001$716,421
Total Net Assets$1,849,806$1,632,616$1,505,390
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.411.411.15
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets17%17%8%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitation letter 2016View
Charitable Solicitation letter 2017View
Address 7777 Walnut Grove Rd
Memphis , TN 38120 2130
Primary Phone 901 757-7777
Contact Email cdonhardt@agricenter.org
CEO/Executive Director John R. Butler
Board Chair Mr Jim Boyd
Board Chair Company Affiliation Livestock Nutrition Center

 

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