The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is requesting proposals 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”) is MN Statute18C.70, 18C.71, and 18C.801 . The Minnesota Legislature also established the funding mechanism for the program. This year, up to $1,100,000 is available for this Request for Proposals (RFP) and was generated by fertilizer sales from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
Project priorities: Research and educational priorities have been categorized within three priority classifications. Applicants of new projects are cautioned that a substantial amount of the available funding (65-75%) may be used to support continuation projects.
There are approximately 17 on-going AFREC projects that will be given priority for continued funding this funding cycle. “Continuations’ are defined in this RFP as projects that have been previously funded by AFREC for shorter durations than the length specified in the original proposal. Projects previously fully funded by AFREC are not considered “continuations”.
The following three priorities related to “on-farm” research and demonstrations, which operate at different scales. Responders may apply for individual scales or may blend the scales into one proposal.
COPY REQUEST: To get a copy of the Request for Proposals, please send a written request, by email, to:
Department of Agriculture
Bruce Montgomery, Project Coordinator
625 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
Other MDA personnel are NOT authorized to discuss this request for proposal with responders nor should they be listed as a collaborator or partner anywhere within the proposal. Contact regarding this RFP with any MDA personnel not listed above could result in disqualification.
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Proposals submitted in response to the Request for Proposals in this advertisement must be received 3 printed sets and 1 disk/jump drive with a complete set of the required forms in both WORD and PDF format no later than 3:00 P.M., Central Time, December 2, 2016. Late proposals will not be considered. Fax and email proposals will not be considered.