Top 10 Produce, LLC, Salinas, Calif., has been awarded a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The grant will be used to study the use of quick response bar codes to provide mobile commerce services to independent farms, according to a news release.

The farms will be able to have full product traceability throughout the supply chain.

"The objective of our research is to use our Grower"s Reserve mobile system to provide our technology partners with grower-direct, real-time, location-specific pricing for local produce and meat sold by our independent member-growers," John Bailey, the executive director of Top 10, said in the release.