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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. SWEdar- an Automated Low-Power Snow Water Equivalent Sensor

    SBC: Flat Earth Inc            Topic: 84

    Intellectual Merit: This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will assist in producing the next-generation approach for monitoring critical water resources stored in the seasonal snowpack. Agriculture is a significant user of ground and surface water in the United States, accounting for approximately 80 percent of the Nation's consumptive water use and over 90 percent in many Wes ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. Creating an advanced, economical, eco-friendly measurement of snow water equivalence using observed GNSS signals beneath the snow

    SBC: NWB SENSORS INC.            Topic: 84

    The purpose for this research is to develop a Snow Water Equivalency (SWE) sensor that will broaden our understanding/management of snow and the water we receive from it.Importance of the ProblemSnowpack is very important to the United States' water budget with 85% of freshwater runoff originating as snowmelt in the west, and nine significant floods of the 20th century were directly related to ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. Modified Partitioned Aquaculture System (P.A.S.) To Produce High Value Fish For Human Consumption

    SBC: J M MALONE & SON INC            Topic: 87

    The traditional fish farming industry in the U.S. is currently faced with rising costs, labor shortages, competition from lower cost imports, increasing environmental regulation, and decreasing water supplies. Sales of the domestic channel catfish industry alone fell from $423 million in 2011 to $301 million in 2014. Catfish acreage in Arkansas which totaled 30400 acres in 2007 (NASS 2008), was re ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. Optimizing Best Management Practices and Cultivar Selection for Midwest Hops Production

    SBC: Midwest Hop Producers LLC            Topic: 82

    In the United States, more than 90% of hop production occurs in the Pacific Northwest. Cultivars and best management practices are optimized for that growing environment, but may not be suitable for other growing regions. Hops contribute the bitter and aromatic flavors to beer. The craft beer industry is on the rise, with consistent growth over the past five years. Craft brewers desire locally sou ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  5. Intelligent Mapping of the Farm Using Low-Cost, GPS-Enabled Cameras During Existing Farm Activities

    SBC: NWB SENSORS INC.            Topic: 812

    With the advent of precision agriculture, the way we farm is changing. Technologies exist to add precision to all aspects of the farm. Through "mapping the farm," precision management strategies can be implemented such as: targeted herbicide application, targeted soil management, improved yield predictions, improved management of water, and other farm resources. These practices all require informa ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  6. Increasing Production Capacity of Small-Scale Hydroponic Greenhouse Farmers by Utilizing Greenhouse "Dead-Space"

    SBC: GSS Group 'A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY'            Topic: 812

    Small-scale hydroponic greenhouse farmers rely on current products to maximize their production potential. The highest selling commercial hydroponic systems for leafy green crops andstrawberry production are known as horizontal Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) systems. Though these systems are proven to be efficient and profitable, they limit the grower to a production capacity basedon a 2D plane res ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  7. Development of a Prospective Mobile Automated Video Monitoring System to Reduce Risk of Falls in Rural Critical Access Hospitals

    SBC: NG HEALTH VENTURES, LLC            Topic: 86

    The development of a cost-effective fall prevention system for rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) represents a significant opportunity. Patient falls are a common, costly, and serious problem in hospitals and care facilities. CAHs have greater pressures on them over typical urban hospitals due to their typically smaller number of beds and occupancy, older population demographics, smaller operat ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  8. Phase II- New Technology with Miniaturized Handheld Grain Combine for Eliminating Increasing Costs of Outdated Practices for Pre-Harvest Sampling

    SBC: Windcall Manufacturing, Inc.            Topic: 812

    Summary:The Phase I feasibility study proved the ability of the GrainGoat to replace a full-sized combine for the collection of grain for pre-harvest moisture testing with a potential savings to farmers and harvesters of $44M/day across the US during harvest season. The GrainGoat successfully harvested, threshed, and tested the moisture content in several crop varieties.Since the innovative GrainG ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of Agriculture
  9. Out of season production of largemouth bass fingerlings on a commercial scale

    SBC: DUNN'S FISH FARMS, INC.            Topic: 87

    Our goal is to commercialize the largemouth bass fingerling production system/strategy that was proven effective through our Phase 1 project. This system employs "out-of-season" fall spawning followed by winter feed-training and the on-growing of advanced fingerlings indoors. In Phase 1 we developed broodstock acclimation facilities and protocols for out-of-season spawning in raceways. We showed t ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of Agriculture
  10. Barley Biorefinery: Protein Concentrates and BioBased Chemicals

    SBC: MONTANA BIOAGRICULTURE INC.            Topic: 86

    The phase II project is a key element in a larger project to develop value added agricultural manufacturing in rural communities. In phase 1 MBAI demonstrated feasibility of producing multiple high value co-products in a barley biorefinery.The current process uses barley to produce barley protein concentrate, BPC, with ethanol as a co-product. BPC has valuable markets as a protein ingredient in aq ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of Agriculture

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