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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. Ultra-High Efficiency Ethylene Scrubber to Reduce Cold Storage Costs of Produce

    SBC: Sonata Scientific            Topic: 813

    The importance of improving postharvest handling can be understood in terms of the primary impact of poor postharvest care--food loss. Technologies for improving postharvest handling focus on extending the shelf life of the fruit or vegetable while maintaining or improving upon the quality of the produce. A major achievement in prolonging produce storage life has been the implementation of cold st ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) for Wildland Fire Management

    SBC: Unmanned Experts Inc.            Topic: 81

    Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and small UAS (SUAS) technology hold great promise for facilitating the management of wildfires on forest lands. However technology is only a small part of the problem of integrating UAS into fireground operations. Significant concerns must be addressed about the coordination of air assets in the high-risk operational wildland fire airspace environment, which can be ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. Development Of A Microbial Metabolite-Based Biostimulant To Enhance Profitability And Competitiveness Of Controlled Environment Agriculture

    SBC: GROWCENTIA, INC.            Topic: 813

    Tomato growers face multiple challenges: low profit margins, increased crop stress, and strong global competition. Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is an increasingly important component of a sustainable supply chain for tomatoes and other specialty crops, but incurs high capital costs. New technologies are needed to increase the competitiveness of US tomato growers, whether in CEA or fiel ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. A Compact, Low Cost, Broad Range, Hyperspectral Imager for Precision Agriculture

    SBC: SPORIAN MICROSYSTEMS INC            Topic: 813

    Hyperspectral imagery produces images that include colors both within and beyond the range of colors that can be seen by the human eye. Hyperspectral Imagery allows for the classification, identification, and detection of vegetation phenomena that relate to the agricultural industry, including: plant species identification, insect and disease detection and monitoring, stress detection, soil qualit ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Novel Oxidant Product Formulation for Greenhouse Disinfection

    SBC: TDA Research, Inc.            Topic: 813

    The greenhouse requires an environment that has optimum nutrients, temperature, water and light so that it is conducive to rapid, healthy plant growth. Undesirable organisms also grow in such an environment, including disease-causing microbial plant pathogens and slimy microbial biofilm organisms that are difficult to remove and can cause worker hazards. Growers need a universally effective antimi ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Honeybee Health Monitoring and Management System to Improve Survival Rates and Colony Strength

    SBC: HiveTech Solutions, LLC            Topic: 82

    The demand for pollination services from honeybees is expected to increase from 1.7 to 2.5 million colonies by 2027. However, beekeepers are continuing to see an average of 40% losses each year. Most of these losses occur during winter, before the almond bloom in February. Varroa mites continue to be the biggest problem for beekeepers. Dozens of products are on the market, yet with variation in be ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Agriculture

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