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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. Spirulina-based oral vaccine for infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) in farmed salmonid fish

    SBC: Lumen Bioscience, Inc.            Topic: 87

    Non-Technical SummaryAquaculture is the fastest growing segment of the global food industry and plays an increasingly important role in feeding the world's population. Intensive aquaculture using increased stocking densities, compressed rearing cycles, monocultures, antibiotics, and other strategies aimed at efficient protein production has been complicated by outbreaks of known and newly emer ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. Tick Surveillance and Mass Capture Trap

    SBC: Springstar, Inc.            Topic: 83

    To this date there are no commercially available tick traps. A simple tick trap will provide a method for detection of ticks that users can use to make informed decisions about timing appropriate pesticide applications, thus minimizing total pesticide use. Additionally, the traps can be deployed to mass-capture ticks, so that the devices can provide a pesticide-free intervention for controlling ti ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. Natural Immune Boosting Compounds as Alternatives to Antibiotics

    SBC: ALTBIOTICS, LLC            Topic: 83

    Routine use of antibiotics at subtherapeutic levels in the livestock industry has been criticized for triggering antimicrobial resistance. FDA has recommended the withdrawal of medically important antibiotics for production practices in the U.S. as of January 2017. Although various alternatives to antibiotics are currently on the market, none is able to match the efficacy of antibiotics. We recent ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. 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
  5. A Novel Thermo-Time Domain Reflectometer for Unprecedented Soil Property Determination

    SBC: Acclima, Inc.            Topic: 84

    1. The developed instrument will provide a simple means for in-situ measurement of the bulk density of powdery substances such as powdered foods, cosmetics, chemicals, and soils. In the food and cosmetics processing industries it will provide a monitoring and feedback tool that will improve the control of milling, grinding, mixing and packing processes. In agriculture it will allow the assessment ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. 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
  7. Adding Value and Sustainability to the Food Industry: Mealworm Protein Ingredient as Extract and Powder

    SBC: ALL THINGS BUGS LLC            Topic: 85

    Adding Value and Sustainability to the Food Industry: Mealworm Protein Ingredient as Extract and PowderThe goal of this SBIR effort is to contribute value and ingredient diversity to the food industry. The insect based food market is currently valued at $105M and is growing to $1.53 billion by 2021. To date only whole insect powders, not fractionated or extracted protein products made from insects ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. Scale up and commercialization of high performance biocomposite structures

    SBC: Grow Plastics LLC            Topic: 88

    Grow Plastics has a technology that has been demonstrated to generate sandwich core structures in thermoplastic products. This efficient structure allows the generation of plastic products which are equivalent in strength to solid products, yet use 1/3 of the material. This substantial material reduction allows the production of parts that are lower environmental impact (due to source reduction) a ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. 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
  10. Advanced Dryer for High-Diffusion Rate Biomass

    SBC: FOREST CONCEPTS, LLC            Topic: 813

    Biomass drying is a core unit operation at most biomass suppliers, aggregator depots, pellet mills, biorefineries, and bioproducts firms. The need to reduce energy consumption, minimize capital, and improve feedstock quality is driving a change in how biomass is milled and dried. A shift from energy-intensive hammermills and grinders to lower energy knife and rotary shear mills is reorganizing the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture

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