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The details below were for the 2021 AFREC RFP. The 2022 RFP details will be posted in the fall. Please check back for more information.

Background Information

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (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, 18C.71 and 18C.80. The Minnesota Legislature also established the funding mechanism for the program. This year, up to $970,000 generated by fertilizer sales from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, 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 continued funding. This includes individuals, farmers/farmer networks, institutions of higher education, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural businesses with research capabilities.

Mail: Minnesota Department of Agriculture
ATTN: Margaret Wagner
Fertilizer Non-Point Section
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-201-6488

Questions will be accepted until November 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Answers will be posted on the Questions and Answers portion of the AFREC Grant webpage.

Questions should not be submitted through other means. MDA employees are not authorized to provide advice on any applications. Applicants who solicit or receive advice from unauthorized MDA employees may be disqualified from eligibility for a grant award.

Submission of Proposal Deadline

Deliver responses to this RFP to the address listed above no later than midnight, on November 24, 2021 Central Time. Grant applications are to be submitted through our online system. The application is accessed through a link on the MDA Agriculture Grant website. Late proposals will not be considered. Faxed or emailed proposals will not be considered.

This request does not obligate the State to award or complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this RFP if it is considered to be in its best interest. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responders.

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RFP Overview

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