Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Grants Available, Concept Proposals Due Feb. 15

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting concept proposals for the Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP), with up to $75,000 available each year for three years.

The program provides funding to individual growers, as well as organizations that are interested in research or education projects that improve the efficient use of fertilizer and minimize environmental impacts. Priority areas include:

• Demonstrating Agronomically Sound Uses of Fertilizing Materials at the Field Scale

Demonstrate results from basic experimental research trials (prior FREP research, etc.) with organic and conventional fertilizers at the field scale.

• Managing Agricultural Nitrogen

Research the agronomically sound use of nitrogen fertilizing materials, including: minimizing nitrate movement below the root zone; minimizing nitrous oxide emissions related to fertilizer use; evaluating strategies to increase crop N use efficiency.

• Developing Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Development of nutrient BMPs and educational materials for agriculture and urban landscapes.

• Education and Outreach

Development of educational materials to increase awareness of agronomically sound use of fertilizing materials. Extension efforts to implement best management practices.

Concept proposals are due February 15 and must include project title, project location, project duration, and project leader(s) information (name, title, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address); a simple and concise summary of the problem to be addressed; a description of the target audience; region or county location where concept work would be performed; objectives of the proposed project; and a description of the general approach to be used.

Morrison has worked with a number of CDFA grant programs and has extensive experience writing grants for individuals and organizations involved in agriculture. For more information contact Toni at tscott@morrisonco.net.

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