The Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) is requesting proposals for Minnesota-focused fertilizer research and outreach projects. Currently, $1 million in grants is available for research, education and outreach, and for an AFREC research coordinator.

AFREC is a farmer and industry-led program designed to fund research and education on agricultural fertility. AFREC was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2008 and receives funding through a $0.40 per ton fee on fertilizer sales.

Copies of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the funding can be obtained by sending an e-mail request to Luan Johnsrud at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at

Questions regarding this RFP may be directed to Larry Gunderson at or 651-201-6168. Questions will be accepted until November 22, 2019, at 4 p.m. Completed proposals must be received per RFP guidelines by December 5, 2019, at 3 p.m., Central Time.

There are approximately 15 on-going AFREC projects that will be given priority for continued funding this cycle. However, approximately 25-35% of the funding will be available for new grants.

AFREC’s goal is to have projects selected and grants executed prior to the 2020 crop season.

Additional information about AFREC and its past and currently funded projects is available at