Agricultural Research and Education Council Grant

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)

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Predicted deadline: Nov 23, 2024 9:59pm PST

Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Fields of work: Agricultural Crops

Applicant type: Organizations, Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Minnesota

Location of residency: Minnesota



The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has served our state for more than 125 years. The work we do touches every Minnesota citizen every day.

Our mission is to enhance all Minnesotans’ quality of life by equitably ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength and resilience of our agricultural economy.

Our three general areas of responsibility include:

  • Protecting our food supply;
  • Protecting our natural resources; and,
  • Cultivating our agricultural economy.

Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Program

The MDA is requesting proposals for directing fertilizer research and outreach programs. The Minnesota Legislature established the Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Program for directing fertilizer research and outreach program. The enabling legislation establishing the governing Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) is Minnesota Statute 18C.70 and 18C.71. The Minnesota Legislature also established the funding mechanism for the program. This year, up to $1,000,000 generated by fertilizer sales and is available for this Request for Proposals (RFP). Any organization, research entity, individual, or business with agricultural research capability is eligible to apply and receive funding. This includes farmers/farmer networks, institutions of higher education, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, urban agriculture, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural businesses with research capabilities.


Eligible project activities include research that addresses one or more of the activities as defined by the Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Program Minnesota Statute 18C.71. These activities include research, education, technology transfer related to the production and application of commercial fertilizer, soil amendments, and other plant amendments. AFREC’s goal is to have projects selected and contracts executed prior to the cropping season.

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This page was last reviewed October 09, 2023 and last updated February 19, 2023