MIPS 25th Anniversary Profile: AHPharma Food Safety Products–radiant floor heating and LED lighting for poultry houses

Leading up to (and beyond) the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) 25th Anniversary Gala, each weekday we will briefly profile one of the 500+ companies that have utilized MIPS funding to bring innovations to market and create jobs in Maryland. These profiles will be collected in a commemorative book, released at the celebration on November 7.

Project Manager:  James L. McNaughton, Ph.D.;  Principal Investigator:  Jeannine Harter-Dennis, Ph.D., UMES
Location:  Salisbury, Maryland – Wicomico County;  Project Start Date:  8/1/2012, 4/20/2010, 8/1/2008

Business Description
AHPharma Food Safety Products Inc. is an agricultural product development company dedicated to improving animal and human health in chicken-rearing work areas, improving agriculture-product food safety and improving energy conservation throughout agriculture, resulting in profitability to the poultry industry and reducing its environmental impact.

Challenge
The poultry industry is in a transition from an energy-inefficient industry to an environmentally-friendly and responsible industry. AHPharma’s activities are responding to that need.

MIPS Role
Dr. Harter-Dennis tested the effects of AHPharma’s LED lighting system on the growth of poultry.

Results
AHPharma’s AviLighting™ LED lighting system has made an important entry into the turkey-rearing industry. LED lights appear to save more than 75 percent of the previously-employed lighting energy, while providing a biological means of calming the normally nervous breed of fowl, helping birds to conserve feed energy for growth potential. This product line has resulted in over $2.5M in sales for AHPharma.

The Radiant & Manure Burning Heat System, (funded by MIPS-DNR), provided an efficiently engineered, cost-effective prototype that the poultry industry will be able to employ within the normal grow-out system, without disruption to normal BMPs (best management practices). The system is being reviewed by national environmental agencies as a method of improving animal welfare, human-worker welfare, grower profitability and significant improvements in atmospheric NH3 releases from chicken-rearing houses.

James McNaughton, President and CEO, AHPharma

MIPS-Related Quotes

“MIPS provides an avenue for the poultry industry to get on a path of sustainable agriculture, produce energy savings that result in quick payback and significant grower profits, provide technology needed to meet EPA regulations to have a positive impact on Chesapeake Bay Restoration, and providing a much needed boost in the Maryland jobs market, not only in the manufacturing of new technology systems, but in the marketing, installation, and maintenance of these systems as well.”
– James McNaughton, President and CEO, AHPharma

“MIPS has provided funding necessary to help move needed technology from concept to market.”
– James McNaughton, President and CEO, AHPharma

“AHPharma has been impressed with the professionalism of the MIPS technical personnel, as well as with the university specialists, in assisting us in the commercialization of this new technology.”
– James McNaughton, President and CEO, AHPharma

Download the AHPharma spread from the upcoming book, “MIPS 25thAnniversary Commemorative Collection: Creating Partners in Innovation,” to released at the MIPS 25th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 7.

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