FarmSense Harvests $2.2M In SBIR Funding

Riverside-based FarmSense, a developer of “smart sensors” for the agriculture market, has raised $2.2M in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding. According to the company, the funding will go to ongoing biosecurity research, including the impact of Japanese Beetles and Gypsy Moths as invasive species. The agtech startup says it is developing a sensor which helps farmers identify harmful insects in their fields, in real time. The startup says it is initially focused on identifying the Navel Orangeworm, an insect which is an issue for California nut farmers.