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  1. On-Farm Conversion of Solar Energy, Water, and Carbon Dioxide to Hydrocarbon Fuel

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 812

    Fossil fuels are the dominant energy source in the agriculture sector, comprising a large fraction of farming operational expenditures and emitting CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Despite recent market penetration, renewable energy adoption on farms remains low. Large capital costs, intermittency, and immobility of renewable energy prevents adoption on small and mid-size farms. A particularly detrimental ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. Small and Mid-size Farm Efficiency Ecosystem

    SBC: Boston Labs Design and Development LLC            Topic: 812

    Small farms are critical to the futureof America. Small farms promote and sustain communities, create jobs, improve the health of the land and of the people who live on it. Currently small to mid-sized farms raising pasture-based livestock have been left to invent/build their own feeding/watering systemsand are at a disadvantage to large, fully automated, high-efficiency systems on large scale far ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. Combined Fermentation-based Biosynthesis and Whole-Animal Screening Platform for Biobased Nematicide Discovery & Commercialization

    SBC: MANUS BIOSYNTHESIS, INC.            Topic: 813

    Plant parasitic nematodes cause over $125 billion USD a year in food production losses, or over 12% of all crops. Regulatory changes are resulting in fewer options for nematode control for farmers and requiring that new products be more sustainable in use. Optimized through evolutionary processes for biological activity, natural products (NPs) are a rich source of bioactive molecules that are biod ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. A novel robotic solution for improving tomato harvesting process in greenhouses. Includes design of a new machine learning vision algorithm for harvesting.

    SBC: Four Growers, Inc.            Topic: 813

    In the US alone, 3 billion pounds of consumed fresh tomatoes are grown in greenhouse farms. These farms improve food security, require less land, and consume less resources; however, for these farms to operate, large labor forces are needed to maintain, harvest, and package the tomatoes. These jobs, though paying well above minimum wage, do not attract local workers and force farmers to use immigr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. Cloud Effects Correction Of Drone-Collected Crop Imagery For Precision Agriculture

    SBC: Spectral Sciences, Inc.            Topic: 813

    The effect of cloud shadows on aerial imagery is an unsolved problem that has been identified by many operators of unmanned aerial vehicle (drone)-based remote sensing systems for agriculture. Shadows affect the ability to compare imagery, including multispectral and hyperspectral imagery (MSI and HSI), taken over periods of time, and the ability to quantify image data analytics, including NDVI an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. Desulfurization of Biodiesel Produced from Low-Quality Feedstocks

    SBC: Environmental Fuel Research, LLC            Topic: 88

    As biodiesel production in the USA increases, bottlenecks in feedstock appear likely. Several companies have formed to investigate novel forms of conversion of lower cost feedstocks but all have found the same substantial hurdle, meeting the 15PPM sulfur specification of ASTM D6751. Numerous experiments have shown that low-cost fats, oils and greases may contain 300 - 500PPM sulfur and that no sin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. Treetective: Using Panoramic, Ground-Level Imagery for Virtual Tree Inventories

    SBC: Azavea Inc.            Topic: 81

    The proposed research will evaluate the use of panoramic, street-level imagery to support and enhance community forestry. Similar to a windshield survey, these publicly available mapping resources can provide baseline data on tree species or genus, diameter, and condition that can be used to support future planting initiatives and best management practices. Furthermore, when combined with both man ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  8. "Wide-Area and Local-Area Water Characterization in Underlying Soil Using Cost-Effective, Directional Detectors and Novel Moderation Designs"

    SBC: Silverside Detectors Inc.            Topic: 84

    The Cosmic-ray Neutron Sensing (CRNS) method can measure the water content of soil with 2% accuracy (under optimal conditions) for agriculture-sized (ie., hectometers) scale. The method uses a neutron detector situated above ground in the center of the measurement area, monitoring in real-time the emission of cosmic-ray produced neutrons from the soil. The simple, non-invasive measurement can prov ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Brackish Water for Condensation Irrigation

    SBC: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 84

    Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. will develop a low-cost, high-efficiency condensation irrigation system to desalinate brackish water and provide affordable freshwater for agricultural applications. Solar thermal energy or low grade waste heat will be used to vaporize water from brackish water and humidify air; the hot humid air will then be sent to buried perforated condensation pipes and cond ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Drone-based Microwave Observatory of Subcanopy and Subsurface

    SBC: REMOTE SENSING SOLUTIONS, INC.            Topic: 84

    Scarcity of water and its criticality for agriculture is a topic of increasing urgency as pressures on this fundamental resource continue to grow. Knowledge of the soil moisture is key to informed irrigation practices, yet probes are expensive and sparse. Current Earth observation technologies provide coarse (multi-km) observations of just the upper surface (0-5cm). The root zone soil moisture (to ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture

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