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Congressman Lloyd Smucker

Representing the 16th District of Pennsylvania

Smucker Announces Recipient of USDA Grant for Innovative Technology and Products

October 18, 2017
Press Release

Lancaster, PA – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) today announced that Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) in Lancaster has been awarded a federal grant in the amount of $99,936 to help bring agricultural business ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Small Business Innovation Research Program. The grant will support ACT’s project to develop a low-cost, dust-resistant poultry house heat exchanger to recover heat lost during winter ventilation. You can learn more about ACT’s project here.

“Small businesses drive our district’s economy,” said Rep. Smucker. “We should be making it easier to bring innovative ideas to the marketplace, and this grant is one way the federal government can assist in that endeavor. I am proud one of our local small businesses is being recognized for its contributions to the agricultural community, and I look forward to seeing the benefits of its hard work.”

“For small agricultural businesses, the federal government is a key, initial investor to help them get great ideas into the marketplace,” said NIFA Director, Sonny Ramaswamy. “The feasibility and scalability of these business concepts are evaluated through our peer review process, and they get to keep their intellectual property rights as they commercialize their ventures.”

The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) is coordinated by the Small Business Administration and administered by 11 federal agencies, including USDA. It encourages domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development that has the potential for commercialization and could lead to significant public benefit. These grants invest in feasibility and proof of concept studies, and help scale up and implement their ventures. You can learn more about this grant program here.