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MDARD Announces Fertilizer Research Grant Opportunities

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

Proposals due by 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018

For immediate release: July 31, 2018 Media contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5724 Program contact: Jim Johnson, 517-284-5602

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is offering competitive grants aimed at helping farmers and growers to optimize nutrient use, ensure soil fertility, and address environmental concerns regarding fertilizer use.  The Fertilizer Research Grant program is accepting grant proposals until 3:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, September 28, 2018.  

Successful proposals will help expand nutrient management that optimizes plant production and/or environmental protection with the intention of being able to apply the innovative technology in agricultural operations in the short term.  Those interested in applying should visit to view the application and program overview. 

Request for Proposals will be evaluated through a competitive proposal process using the Fertilizer Research Advisory Committee established in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 451 of 1994, Part 85.  The Fertilizer Research Fund is generated through money collected when farmers purchase fertilizer.  Applicants for grant funds will be asked to describe how the project has the potential to impact and produce measurable outcomes for the state’s farming and agriculture industry.  

Questions regarding the Request for Proposal should be sent to  

Proposals must be received via email at no later than 3:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, September 28, 2018.  Proposals received after 3:00 p.m. will not be considered.  

For more information on MDARD’s grant programs, visit


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