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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The Green Processing of a Novel FDA Exempt ("Natural") Food Color Additive

    SBC: Persea Naturals LLC            Topic: 85

    There is growing consumer demand for "clean-label" food ingredients including color additives derived from natural sources. Colorant-related issues represent 3 of the top 10 concerns of consumers about food ingredients, and numerous food manufacturers and retailers have publically committed to removing synthetic food colors from their products. Fruit/vegetable-derived anthocyanins, carotenoids, an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. Polymorphic locus sequence typing of foodborne pathogens

    SBC: Microbitype LLC            Topic: 85

    This SBIR (small business innovationresearch) Phase I projectis responsive to National Challenge Area: Food Safety, and to USDA Strategic Goal 4.3 - Protect Public Health by Ensuring Food is Safe (www.ocfo.usda.gov/usdasp/usdasp.htm). The detection and investigation of foodborne outbreaks associated with pathogens such as E. coli O157 is highly dependent on strain typing. The typing methods employ ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  7. Low Cost, Dust Resistant Poultry House Heat Exchanger

    SBC: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 83

    This Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) Phase I project by Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) will develop a low cost, dust resistant poultry house heat exchanger to recover heat lost during winter ventillation. The innovative inflatable design will increase the heat exchanger tolerance to dust accumulation and will allow for the use of low cost, lightweight materials. By effecti ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  8. OpenTreeID: Advancing Community Forestry with Human-Augmented Computer Vision

    SBC: Azavea Inc.            Topic: 81

    The proposed research will develop new tools for automated tree species identification that will advance the collaboration of government agencies, citizen groups, and nonprofit organizations that is critical to contemporary community forestry. Proper species identification is particularly important during a tree inventory, since many diseases and infestations are species-specific. Yet the large nu ...

    SBIR Phase I 2016 Department of Agriculture
  9. Innovations in materials handling to prevent musculoskeletal disorders among women livestock farmers

    SBC: GREEN HERON TOOLS, LLC            Topic: 812

    30% of U.S. farm operators are women. Female-operated farms tend to be smaller and less mechanized and often include livestock. Because of certain physical characteristics, women are at significant risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)such as chronic back pain. MSDs are widespread in farming, with significant adverse impacts on quality of life and economic sustainability. For women, farming is ...

    SBIR Phase II 2016 Department of Agriculture
  10. Development of roses resistant to rose rosette disease

    SBC: CONARD-PYLE CO. THE            Topic: 82

    The ornamental sector is the most valuable non-food crop sector of US agriculture. However, changing climates and increased interstate commerce have increased the ease with which diseases can spread and threaten this valuable industry. In the past few decades, Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) has spread from its source in the Rockies, through the Mid-West to the South and major populations centers of th ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture

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