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Nitrogen Research Grants for Ag Producers

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) invites Wisconsin farmers to apply for commercial nitrogen-optimization research grants through Jan. 31, 2023. 

These grants are part of the commercial Nitrogen Optimization Pilot Program, which supports on-farm research projects that use nitrogen to sustain soil fertility and crop production while reducing nitrogen loss to the atmosphere, groundwater and surface water. The grants seek to enhance the understanding of and refine new methods to optimize commercial nitrogen applied to agricultural fields.

To be eligible, an applicant must be an agricultural producer, agree to collaborate with the University of Wisconsin System on its project and voluntarily conduct commercial nitrogen-optimization field studies for a minimum of two years. 

There is $1.6 million available for this round of grants. Multiple agricultural producers may work together to submit a single application, and each agricultural producer who is part of the application is eligible to receive up to a maximum award of $50,000. Of the amount awarded to a producer, up to 20% will be awarded to the university for its monitoring and research assistance.

DATCP will hold a webinar Nov. 28, 1-2 pm, to review the request for proposals and grant program. Registration (required) is available on DATCP’s website.

Applications should be sent to [email protected] Grant recipients will be announced in March 2023. See a full list of requirements and more at datcp.wi.gov/Pages/CommercialNitrogenOptimizationPilotGrantProgram.aspx.