Danforth Center

Who are we?

As the world faces climate and food security crises, agricultural technology has become a critical innovation sector enabling farmers to do more with less resources. The agricultural technology sector in St. Louis, MO is a thriving coalition of researchers, startups,  large companies, and economic development players resulting in a dynamic and energized ecosystem. As a district, 39 North was formed to develop, support, and amplify the St. Louis agtech innovation ecosystem, elevating the work of talented teams and community members to a local, national, and international audience.

What We Do

Meet the team

Emily Lohse-Busch

Emily Lohse-Busch

Executive Director

Emily Lohse-Busch is passionate about creating and sustaining organizations and programs that improve the human condition.

Rishi Masalia

Dr. Rishi R. Masalia

Program Director

Dr. Rishi R. Masalia is a plant scientist passionate about storytelling and community building.

Board of Directors

Mike DeCamp

CoverCress Inc.
Board Chair

Chris Danforth

Kennelwood Pet Resorts
Board Member

F. Nikki Davis

Climate LLC
Board Member

Christi Dixon

Benson-Hill
Board Member

Samuel Murphey

Greater St. Louis Inc.
Board Member

Tim Nowak

World Trade Center St. Louis
Board Member

Stephanie Regagnon

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Board Member

Brian Salmo

Hermann Companies
Board Member

Mark Perkins

City of Creve Coeur
Board Observer