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Innovative research and development in industrial biotechnology is the key to future productivity and competitiveness for U.S. chemical and biofuels companies.
Source:“Industrial Biotechnology: Development and Adoption by the U.S. Chemical and Biofuel Industries,” The U.S. International Trade Commission

Planting Seeds for the Future

November 12 - 13, 2008
University of Memphis
Fogelman Executive Conference Center
330 Innovation Drive
Memphis, Tennessee 38152


Traditional agriculture is changing. Higher petroleum costs, increased development of biofuels, growing interest in “green” products and dramatic advances in technology have created a new business environment for biobased products. Alternative, or “new” crops can be used in high-value food, health and industrial applications. This conference will explore some of those non-traditional crops, how they can be utilized and the challenges of developing a “new crops” business.

Join with farmers, ag and bio-products professionals, technology developers, educators, researchers, government officials and entrepreneurs who recognize the many opportunities available from the emerging bio-economy.


Registration for the New Crops Conference opens at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2008. The opening session will begin at 1:30 pm and the Conference will conclude at 4:30 pm on Thursday, November 13, 2008.

A Welcome Reception will be held from 5:30 until 7:00 pm on November 12th.

Continental breakfast, lunch and breaks will be provided on November 13th.

Click here for a pdf of the full agenda.


The Fogelman Executive Center at the University of Memphis is the host facility for the New Crops Conference. The address of the Center is:

330 Innovation Drive
Memphis, TN 38152

A block of rooms has been reserved for Conference attendees at the nightly rate of $85.00.

Please make your reservations directly with the Center at 901-678-5410.

Use our group name “New Crops Conference” when making your reservation. Complimentary transportation to and from Memphis International Airport is available.


Early Bird Registration----------------------------------------$ 195
On-Site Registration--------------------------------------------$ 225
Full-time Student------------------------------------------------$ 75

Full-time farmers and Ag Extension Agents from Tennesse, Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri are invited to attend the full conference at no charge.

Registration may be completed online by filling out the registration form below.


First Name: Last Name:
City: State:
Phone Number:
Email Address:
I am a full time farmer or Extension Agent in AR, MO, MS or TN I am a full time student
Regular Registration Corporate Exhibitor
Non-Profit/Government Exhibitor Speaker/Moderator

Exhibits and Sponsorships

A very limited amount of exhibit space is available during the Conference for table top displays, literature and handouts. The corporate rate for exhibit space is $500. The Non-Profit and Government rate is $250. One conference registration is included with each exhibit space.

Sponsors are invited to help make the New Crops Conference a success. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Pete Nelson at pnelson@memphisbioworks.org or 901-448-1724.