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News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 29, 2016

Proposals sought for $1.1 million in fertilizer research and outreach activities

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) is requesting proposals for Minnesota-focused fertilizer research and outreach projects. Currently $1.1 million in grants is available for research, education and technology transfer projects.
AFREC is a farmer and industry-led program designed to fund research and education on agricultural fertility that is environmentally and economically sound. AFREC was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2008 and receives funding through a $0.40 per ton fee on fertilizer sales.
Additional information about AFREC and its past and currently funded projects is available at: http://mnsoilfertility.com/.

Copies of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the funding can be obtained by sending a written e mail request to Bruce Montgomery, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, at bruce.montgomery@state.mn.us. Completed proposals must be received per RFP guidelines by 3:00 P.M., Central Time, December 2, 2016.

There are approximately 17 on-going AFREC projects that will be given priority for continued funding this funding cycle. However, approximately 25%-35% of the funding will be available for new grants. A high priority for newly funded activities will focus on promoting various levels of on-farm demonstrations.

AFREC’s goal is to have projects selected and grants executed prior to the 2017 cropping season.

CONTACT: Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications
651-201-6185 / allen.sommerfeld@state.mn.us

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