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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. Off Grid High Value Crop System: Harnessing Mushroom Farm Bi-Products for Soil and CO2 Enrichment to Produce Additional Specialty Crops

    SBC: HAW RIVER MUSHROOMS, LLC            Topic: 812

    US interest in gourmet mushrooms has been growing rapidly, with a 50% increase in sales seen between2014 and 2015 (National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2015), resulting in an increase in small farmoperations specializing in this nutrient dense crop. This project will research how a new agriculturalenterprise model consisting of mushrooms, medicinal herbs, and a non?food vermiculture product c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  2. Novel Approaches to Improve Maize Yield

    SBC: Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc.            Topic: 82

    High-temperature stress can result in significant yield loss in maize, particularly when the stress coincides with reproductive growth stages and grain fill. Engineering of the starch biosynthetic pathway has been prioritized as an attempt to mitigate heat stress-induced yield losses. Traditional transgenic approaches to solve this problem are complicated by the presence of the native gene encodin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  3. Novel Methods for Plastid Transformation

    SBC: Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Higher plant plastids contain active homologous recombination (HR) machinery that has been harnessed for plastid transformation in a limited number of plant species. Stable plastid transformation requires homoplasmic plants in which all plastid genome (plastome) copies are transformed to avoid segregation of the plastid-encoded trait. In plant species where plastid transformation has been demonstr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  4. SPENT HOPS, YEAST AND TRUB FROM CRAFT BREWERIES FOR PROMOTION OF ANIMAL GROWTH AND METHANE REDUCTION IN RUMINANTS

    SBC: Highland Brewing Company, Inc.            Topic: 83

    The growing craft brewing industry produces significant amounts of spent yeast, trub (grain proteins) and spent hops that are presently treated as waste. Their disposal can be a headache for the brewer and municipal waste treatment authorities. We have created a combination of these materials called THYM (Trub Hops Yeast Mix) and are developing it into an agricultural feed supplement for cattle. B ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  5. Continuous Production of "Drop-in" Biofuels and Biochemicals via Catalytic Hydrothermal Conversion of Agricultural Residue Fats and Oils

    SBC: SARTEC CORPORATION            Topic: 88

    Waste, non-food biomass has little value and is often sent to landfill. Methods to convert this mass into value-added compounds deserve attention, especially ones that lead to biofuels and biochemicals that historically are only obtained from non-renewable petroleum sources. A novel catalytic process which operates using recyclable supercritical water will be used to produce bioproducts from bioma ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  6. A coupled oil extraction/distillation-biochar system to utilize Eastern red cedar in value-added products and provide environmental benefits

    SBC: BLUE EARTH LLC            Topic: 81

    Woody encroachment of grasslands has led to wildfires that have recently destroyed homes and adversely affected rural communities. Eastern red cedar (ERC) is a major culprit in woody expansion and causes habitat fragmentation for upland bird and other wildlife species, with adverse effects on infiltration of precipitation, induced changes to plant species composition that degrade habitat and reduc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  7. 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
  8. Sweetpotato Leaf Rubisco and Whole Leaf Proteins as Functional Ingredients in Foods

    SBC: LeafPro, LLC            Topic: 85

    This work will optimize extraction of edible proteins from sweetpotato leaves, an agricultural waste stream, and develop them into a nutritious, functional dry protein concentrate for use in production of the high-protein foods in strong demand today. A biorefinery approach allows extraction of coproducts, such as polyphenols and carotenoids, useful in food products for their antioxidant and/or co ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  9. Advanced Portable Processing Platform

    SBC: SinnovaTek, Inc.            Topic: 85

    The food industry is changing as traditional business models increasingly shift toward socially good enterprises with a need for transparency, ingenuity, and agility. This shift demands innovative products that satisfy multi-faceted goals that employ improved nutritional content, sustainable agricultural practices, supply chain flexibility, and accountability for food waste. This demand creates an ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture
  10. Universal Swine Influenza Vaccine

    SBC: CAMBRIDGE TECHNOLOGIES LLC            Topic: 83

    Influenza virus causes significant economic losses to the swine industry due to disease and decreased growth rates. Additionally, swine influenza viruses are zoonotic and represent a threat to public health. Both inactivated and live swine influenza virus vaccines are commercially available but are generally considered to lack efficacy to genetically diverse viruses circulating in the field. Here ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Agriculture

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