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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. Development of RNA interference-based product for Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) control.

    SBC: APSE, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Fire ants cause about $7 billion dollars of damage in the United States annually. Fire ants infest some 367 million acres in the United States and their range expands every year. Since the geographical range offire ant infestationis limited by temperature and rainfall, the rising global temperatureisforecasted to lead tosignificant range expansion.Fire ants cause damage to electrical equipment, de ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  2. 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
  3. Stackable farming for economically and environmentally sustainable urban food production

    SBC: Vecna Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 812

    More than ever before, we have the tools to measure and identify historical trends. With this information, we can predict the future of food security, and the outlook is dire. The data suggests that traditional methods of farming are wearing on the ecosystem, the U.S. economy, and our health. Armed with a forward-looking mindset and technological advances, we will be able to develop healthier, mor ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  4. Non-Thermal Pasteurization of Tree Nuts to Reduce Microbes and Mycotoxins

    SBC: NanoGuard Technologies, LLC            Topic: 85

    Non-thermal pasteurization using High Voltage Atmospheric Cold Plasma (HVACP) is expected to reduce mycotoxins and microorganisms on tree nuts resulting in reduced incidences of food-borne illness. Non?thermal pasteurization of food products using HVACP is a novel platform technology which addresses several NIFA National Challenge Areas. These include: 1) Global food security and hunger by increas ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  5. INCREASING GRAPE DIVERSITY IN THE U.S. WINE INDUSTRY

    SBC: Vox Vineyards, Inc.            Topic: 812

    Vox Vineyards, Inc., located in the Loess Hills of Platte County, Missouri grows approximately40 different grape varieties. Nearly all of these varieties were originally discovered as wild specimens in the United States, or were bred from native North American grapes during the last half of the 19th Century. Rarely grown on a commercial scale, they represent the unique genetic heritage of the Midw ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  6. Transparent Wood Composites for Energy Efficiency Applications

    SBC: Inventwood LLC            Topic: 81

    Energy used for lighting and thermal comfort contributes to more than 50% of the total energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings. Consequently, conserving air conditioning and lighting usage especially during daytime can yield substantial savings. Effective and consistent sunlight harvesting can substantially reduce electrical usage while promoting natural and comfortable indoor l ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  7. Low-Cost, Low-Power Sensors For Detection Of Gases For Farming And Agricultural Activities

    SBC: N5 Sensors, Inc.            Topic: 84

    Farming and livestock activities affect air quality through emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, ammonia etc. which have both short term hazards for individuals nearby and long term hazards for the environment in the form of global warming. In order to set guidelines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a means for quantitatively determining site-emission of green-house gases (GHGs) ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  8. InfinitPipe: An Economically Sustainable Pipe for Agricultural Use

    SBC: Quakewrap, Inc.            Topic: 84

    For centuries, pipes have been manufactured in short (20-30 ft long) segments and trucked to the jobsite where they are assembled to create a long pipeline. This technique is inefficient as the pipes tend to leak at the joints and there is significant cost associated with delivering voluminous pipe segments. Furthermore, pipes made with steel or concrete corrode and have a short service life.The g ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  9. 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
  10. Testing feasibility and scalability of a new engineered design of an aerated static pile composting system.

    SBC: Compost Plant, L3C, The            Topic: 86

    Food waste is a significant and complex problem for the United States. Americans generate over 250 million (short) tons of trash a year, and organic materials such as paper and paperboard, yard trimmings, and food waste continue to make up a large component of the waste stream. These organic materials collectively account for a significant portion of U.S. methane emissions, as organic waste produc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture

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