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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. Crowdsourcing variety performance data to boost performance, variety adoption and farmer empowerment

    SBC: SEEDLLINKED LLC            Topic: 812

    In today's tight agriculture economy, one of the most important decisions a farmer makes throughout the year is what type of seed to plant. Optimum yield, maturity, and disease resistance for a specific environment will secure farm revenue by creating better production and decreased use of inputs. However, in a highly consolidated industry where the top 3 players control 60% of the seed market ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. Off Grid High Value Crop System: Harnessing Mushroom Farm Bi-Products for Soil and CO2 Enrichment to Produce Additional Specialty Crops

    SBC: HAW RIVER MUSHROOMS, LLC            Topic: 812

    US interest in gourmet mushrooms has been growing rapidly, with a 50% increase in sales seen between2014 and 2015 (National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2015), resulting in an increase in small farmoperations specializing in this nutrient dense crop. This project will research how a new agriculturalenterprise model consisting of mushrooms, medicinal herbs, and a non?food vermiculture product c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. Novel Approaches to Improve Maize Yield

    SBC: Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc.            Topic: 82

    High-temperature stress can result in significant yield loss in maize, particularly when the stress coincides with reproductive growth stages and grain fill. Engineering of the starch biosynthetic pathway has been prioritized as an attempt to mitigate heat stress-induced yield losses. Traditional transgenic approaches to solve this problem are complicated by the presence of the native gene encodin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. Rapid, Multiplexed Detection of Algal Toxins in Shellfish

    SBC: Mbio Diagnostics, Inc.            Topic: 87

    MBio Diagnostics is developing a highly sensitive, inexpensive, easy-to-use test system that will allow growers and regulators to more tightly manage shellfish harvests before, during, and after HAB blooms (see Figure 1). The Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) is a primary industry/regulatory cooperative body in the United States, tasked with fostering and improving the sanitation o ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. Novel Methods for Plastid Transformation

    SBC: Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Higher plant plastids contain active homologous recombination (HR) machinery that has been harnessed for plastid transformation in a limited number of plant species. Stable plastid transformation requires homoplasmic plants in which all plastid genome (plastome) copies are transformed to avoid segregation of the plastid-encoded trait. In plant species where plastid transformation has been demonstr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. Economic Electrochemical Denitrification of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

    SBC: Skyhaven Systems, LLC            Topic: 87

    Skyhaven Systems, LLC intends to develop a novel water treatmentsystem targeted for use in removing nitrogen fromrecirculating aquaculture systems. Limitations of currentsystems include sensitivity to low temperatures, require a multi-step processfor effective nitrogen removal, have long start-up times, produce turbidity during recycling, and are expensive to scale in size/capability. The proposed ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. SPENT HOPS, YEAST AND TRUB FROM CRAFT BREWERIES FOR PROMOTION OF ANIMAL GROWTH AND METHANE REDUCTION IN RUMINANTS

    SBC: Highland Brewing Company, Inc.            Topic: 83

    The growing craft brewing industry produces significant amounts of spent yeast, trub (grain proteins) and spent hops that are presently treated as waste. Their disposal can be a headache for the brewer and municipal waste treatment authorities. We have created a combination of these materials called THYM (Trub Hops Yeast Mix) and are developing it into an agricultural feed supplement for cattle. B ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. Sweetpotato Leaf Rubisco and Whole Leaf Proteins as Functional Ingredients in Foods

    SBC: LeafPro, LLC            Topic: 85

    This work will optimize extraction of edible proteins from sweetpotato leaves, an agricultural waste stream, and develop them into a nutritious, functional dry protein concentrate for use in production of the high-protein foods in strong demand today. A biorefinery approach allows extraction of coproducts, such as polyphenols and carotenoids, useful in food products for their antioxidant and/or co ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Advanced Portable Processing Platform

    SBC: SinnovaTek, Inc.            Topic: 85

    The food industry is changing as traditional business models increasingly shift toward socially good enterprises with a need for transparency, ingenuity, and agility. This shift demands innovative products that satisfy multi-faceted goals that employ improved nutritional content, sustainable agricultural practices, supply chain flexibility, and accountability for food waste. This demand creates an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Optimization of a unique freezing system for boar sperm

    SBC: MEMBRANE PROTECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES            Topic: 83

    The ability to freeze boar semen provides several advantages including disease reduction, more rapid genetic transfer, genetic banking, and more precise correlation with optimum female fertility. Although freezing is routine technology in many livestock species, it is not so in teh swine industry. Unfortunately, in boars, sperm quality inconsistencies and poor fertility make this technology commer ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture

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