Overview of Fertilizer Tonnage Fee Based Research Programs Bruce Montgomery MN Department of Agriculture . Current Midwest Tonnage & Research Fertilizer Fees Note that these figures includes the $0.15 increase to MDA starting 7/05.
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MN Department of Agriculture
Note that these figures includes the $0.15 increase to MDA starting 7/05
Examples of States with Research and/or Educational Fertilizer Check-Off Programs
Each Increase of 10 cents per ton on Minnesota’s fertilizer sales:
Will the program fund research, outreach or both?
Who can compete for the funds?
Land Grants? Agencies? Commodity Groups?
The Research Review Process?
The Board …Who and How? Governing Rules?
Iowa charges $0.92 per ton on Nitrogen Sales
California charges $0.001 mills on overall Sales
Kansas charges $0.04/Ton for Kansas State U Research and $1.40 for the State Water Plan
Most programs are generating between $200,000 to $400,000
fund a variety of programs
The Fertilizer Research Council resides in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
The Council nonvoting members are the Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Secretary of Natural Resources, and the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Council has seven voting members: three members are industry representatives selected from a list of candidates provided by the fertilizer industry; three members are farmers who are crop producers; and one member serves as a water quality expert.
All members are volunteers, and serve no more than two consecutive 3-year terms.
The Wisconsin Fertilizer Research Program is a state-wide funding source for applied agricultural research. Funding criteria contained in the law states that funds shall be forwarded to the University of Wisconsin to be used "for research on soil management, soil fertility, plant nutrition problems and for research on surface water and ground water problems which may be related to fertilizer usage; for dissemination of the results of the research; and for other designated activities tending to promote the correct usage of fertilizer materials."
4. Proposals that show ancillary support from industry sources, commodity groups, etc. are encouraged. It is not necessary to show in-kind support from faculty and staff salaries. Ancillary support is requested for informational purposes only. Documentation/letters of support are, however, required.
6. Funds may be withheld for continuing projects if reporting requirements are not met. You must submit an annual continuing progress report, clarification if there is to be a change in the scope of work submitted previously, and a detailed budget for the upcoming continuation year for each subsequent year of funding.
9. Principle Investigators must present their research proposals (new and continuing) to the Fertilizer Research Council in January 2005, on the UW-Madison campus.
10. Researchers are asked to credit the WFRC when presenting results from projects funded in whole or part by the Fertilizer Research Fund.