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 MN 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. This year, 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 (RFP).
Copies of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the funding can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Bruce Montgomery, Section Manager, at Bruce.Montgomery@state.mn.us or 651-201-6178. Questions will be accepted until November 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.