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.
Combating Opioids in Rural Communities
Tackling the opioid crisis requires education and action across various community sectors and by individuals, professionals, and families.
A Multistate Hive Mind of Research
Bees provide essential pollination for many of the nut, berry, fruit, vegetable, and seed crops grown in the U.S. To supplement wild bee pollination, farmers often rent managed honey bee colonies. Demand is skyrocketing, but catastrophic die-offs are threatening the supply of healthy honey bee colonies.
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.
Impacts of Stress on Animal Welfare and Performance
Environmental and management conditions can stress livestock and impair their health.
Support of Farmers Markets throughout the United States
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition, and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.
Making Big Data Work Better on the Farm
A multidisciplinary team of University of Wisconsin (UW) scientists led by Victor Cabrera has set out to create a “virtual dairy farm brain” that will collect and integrate all of a farm’s data streams in real time and then use artificial intelligence to analyze those data to help farmers run their businesses.
Risk Management for New Farmers
The Extension Risk Management Education (ERME) extension team developed a pilot program on safe and appropriate pesticide use for Hmong produce growers in Wisconsin. They modified the curriculum to present information in a culturally appropriate manner, using native language, visuals and hands-on activities when practical.