Agriculture systems and technology
2016 SBIR Brochure
Since 1983, the SBIR program has awarded more than 2,000 research and development grants to American-owned, independently operated, for-profit businesses with 500 employees or fewer.
Capacity Funding Power
NIFA released a new report that measures the effectiveness of its investments to our nation’s land-grant universities — investments that benefit the American public through agriculture and food research, extension, and education projects.
Good and Bad Worms
To assist farmers, producers, crop advisors, and others interested in learning more about managing parasitic worms, the Multistate Research Fund, a NIFA initiative to foster collaboration among universities, has implemented a project to provide simple, low-cost tools and methods for effectively managing nematodes and protecting soil health.
Managing Utah’s Pest Problem
Utah State University Extension includes entomologists and plant pathologists who serve the communities by addressing various plant and pest issues. The Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab (UPPDL) serves on the Utah School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coalition and provides IPM training to public health employees and public, private, and charter school faculty and staff.
Family Tree of Forestry
A recent Pennsylvania State University project looked at the issue of intergenerational land transfer to help land-owning families preserve forests and address other challenges, such as invasive species.
Citrus Greening and Florida
University of Florida (UF) researchers are a step closer to finding a treatment for a disease called Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, which has decimated citrus trees in the state.
Farm Ditch is Home, Sweet Home, to Tiny Aquatic Species
Seasonal agricultural streams and flooded ditches, remnants of when the Willamette Valley was one big wetland, are full of aquatic life. Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) ventured into farmers’ flooded fields in southern Williamette Valley and discovered that this biodiversity persists.
Pigweed is No Match for DNA Testing
The typical testing method of testing seed lots (batches of seeds) involves growing a sample of seeds until the plants are large enough to be identified, but this is a slow and potentially unreliable process. Researchers developed a way around these issues, identifying Palmer amaranth DNA from within a mixed sample without having to grow the plants.
May the Forest Be With You
Whole Trees, LLC, of Madison, Wisconsin, uses trees as turn-key structural systems in commercial and residential building construction. The Whole Trees team has developed a process that allows them to cost-effectively grade, engineer, and manufacture the small trees removed from routine forest thinning.
60,000 Have Been Impacted by Beginning Farmer Programs
A new report, "Cultivating the Next Generation," examines the impact of USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), the only federal program explicitly dedicated to training the next generation of farmers.