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DEVELOPING A GREENHOUSE GROWING SYSTEM FOR SINGLE CLUSTER TOMATO PRODUCTION

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
14753
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14753
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Arc Ventures Inc.
Po Box 191 Shiloh, NJ 08353
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: DEVELOPING A GREENHOUSE GROWING SYSTEM FOR SINGLE CLUSTER TOMATO PRODUCTION
Agency: USDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $200,000.00
 

Abstract:

IN 1987 RUTGERS PROFESSORS COMPLETED KEY RESEARCH ON SINGLE CLUSTER TOMATO PRODUCTION. THE RESULTS INDICATE THIS COUNTER INTUITIVE (I.E.; INNOVATIVE) IDEA CAN REVOLUTIONIZE TOMATO GROWING IN GREENHOUSES TO SUPPLY VINE RIPENED TOMATOES YEAR AROUND AT AN ATTRACTIVE PRICE. THE CURRENT TOMATO GROWING STRATEGY IS TO GROW PLANTS THROUGH AN ENTIRE SELLING SEASON. INTUITIVELY THIS STRATEGY IS REASONABLE SINCE THE COST OF BRINGING THE PLANT INTO PRODUCTION IS AMORTIZED OVER A LONG SEASON. DESPITE PERSUASIVE LABORATORYDATA INDICATING A SINGLE CLUSTER SYSTEM IS MORE EFFECTIVE WHEN SUPPLEMENTAL LIGHTING IS USED, NO COMMERCIAL GROWER HASBEEN WILLING TO INVEST IN THE ENGINEERING TO MOVE THE IDEA FROM THE LABORATORY INTO PRODUCTION. PHASE 1: TO ENGINEER A SCALED-UP PROCESS TO PRODUCE TOMATOESUSING THE SINGLE CLUSTER STRATEGY IN COMMERCIAL GREENHOUSES. PHASE 2: TO PROVE THE SYSTEM IN THE REAL WORLDOF DAY-TO-DAY COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS. A SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTION GREENHOUSE IS A FACTORY THAT REQUIRES EFFECTIVE PROCESS AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING TO CREATE AN EFFICIENT PRODUCTION OPERATION. THE EFFORT TO BE SUPPORTED BY THIS PROPOSAL IS TO PROVIDE THE PROCESS AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING AND THE INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENTS REQUIRED TO ASSIST THE ENGINEERING EFFORT.

Principal Investigator:

Bruce B Cobb
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Arc Ventures Inc.
Po Box 191 Shiloh, NJ 08353

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No