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The first US Department
of Agriculture (USDA)-funded
research program into insect
farming for human food has
commenced in the US, with
the target of finding new ways
to enhance cricket growth while
lowering the cost of raising them.
A $100,000 grant from USDA’s
Small Business Innovation Research program will allow Georgia-based cricket 
flour producer All Things Bugs to study how to increase automation in the rearing of
crickets. The focus of the project, in particular, will be on harvesting, watering and
feed formulations.