Summaries of AFREC-funded research
Purpose: A farmer-led program to advance soil fertility research, technology development, and education.
Mission: To fund research and education on agricultural fertility that is environmentally and economically sound.
The Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) consists of twelve members who are either farmers or provide agricultural professional services such as crop retailers or consultants. AFREC was established on January 1, 2008 and is responsible for advancing soil fertilizer research, technology development and education. In a very short timeframe, the council established research priorities and by-laws.
In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature established the Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Program for the purpose of directing fertilizer research and outreach programs. The enabling legislation establishing the governing Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (referred to as “AFREC” or “Council”) are Minnesota Statute 18C.70, 18C.71, and 18C.80. The Minnesota Legislature established the funding mechanism for the program by raising the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) fertilizer tonnage fee from 30 cents/ton to 70 cents/ton starting July 1, 2009. Each year, MDA announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects using funds generated from fertilizer sales. Fertilizer sales from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, will allow a maximum spending cap of $1,100,000 for this Request for Proposals.
AFREC Report - February 2015 (PDF: 574 KB / 19 pages)