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Thursday, February 4, 2016

SBIR Grantee’s Response to Killer Beetles: SPLAT!

​The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at USDA offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers SBIR Phase I grants that are limited to $100,000 and a duration of 8 months, and Phase II grants of up to $500,000 and 24 months that are open only to Phase I awardees. Below is the first-hand account of NIFA-funded SBIR research from Agenor Mafra-Neto, President and CEO of ISCA Technologies, Inc.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Agricultural Research Needs to Be a Priority

Director Sonny Ramaswamy talks about the importance of agricultural research and President Obama's request for $700 million in funding for the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Under Represented Students STEP-Up to Careers in Agriculture

The lack of women and minority representation in the professional agricultural workforce has become so pronounced that in STEM Stratplan 2013 President Obama called for an “all-hands-on-deck approach to science, technology, engineering, and math” (STEM) education.