October 12, 2017

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 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.

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

Copies of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the funding can be obtained by sending an e-mail request to Bruce Montgomery, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, at Bruce.Montgomery@state.mn.us.

Questions regarding this RFP may be directed 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. Completed proposals must be received per RFP guidelines by December 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m, Central Time.

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

AFREC’s goal is to have projects selected and grants executed prior to the 2018 cropping season.

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Media Contact 
Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications 
651-201-6185 
Allen.Sommerfeld@state.mn.us