Mont. Code Ann § 2-15-1516 outlines the 1971 Montana legislature act that provides an assessment on commercial fertilizers to provide funding for soil fertility and soil management education and research programs in Montana. The intent was to help develop the most accurate information possible concerning fertilizer use and soil management, in an effort to maximize agricultural profits and protect the environmental quality across Montana's many diverse soils and climatic conditions. The Act provides an advisory committee of seven members, jointly appointed by the directors of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and the Montana State University Extension Service, who also provide administrative and program support. Five committee members must be involved in agriculture that includes the use of fertilizer in production and two members must represent the fertilizer industry. The Director of the Montana Department of Agriculture serves as an ex officio member. Each member serves a five-year term. MSU Soil Scientists from the MSU Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station have responsibility for developing and implementing the education and research programs. 

Fertilizer Funding Applications 

Call for FY 17 Progress Reports 

Project investigators are expected to present results to the Fertilizer Advisory Committee at their annual meeting on February 21-22, 2017. If there is a time conflict or travel is unreasonable, please consider providing a taped presentation, or assign someone to present your results. A scheduled conference may also be considered. If PI's will be requesting funds for a continuation of this “work in progress” for FY 2018, this request presentation will immediately follow the progress report. For questions, please call (406) 994-4605.

Call for FY 18 Fertilizer Funds

The Fertilizer Advisory Committee will hold their annual meeting in Bozeman February 21-22, 2017. Progress reports from FY 2017 funded projects will be presented and the MFAC will consider proposals for FY 2018 funding. The intent of these research dollars is “to improve Montana’s economy by providing farmers and ranchers the most accurate information possible about fertilizer use and soil management for greatest profits consistent with environmental protections on the many varied soil and climatic conditions of the state.” Faculty are encouraged to keep this in mind as they prepare a proposal.

 Project Timeline

  • Proposals are due January 15th each year.
  • Funding for the following fiscal year is reviewed in February by the MFAC committee (which has a rotating membership).
  • Reports from current fiscal year are due each January 15th, with presentations of proposals and reports expected at the MFAC committee meeting on the MSU campus.  

 Formerly Funded Fertilizer Projects

Fertilizer Facts 

Current 2017 Fertilizer Advisory Committee Members 

The advisory committee meets a minimum of once each year with the MSU Directors and program participants to: (1) review the educational and research programs financed by this Act, (2) recommend needed programs and/or program adjustments and (3) report to the Montana House and/or, Senate Agriculture Committees when requested.  The Directors of the MSU Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station have financial responsibility and jointly appoint these advisors who serve a five-year term. 

Mr. Keith Scott

279 Brinkel Road
Broadview, MT 59015 Phone: 406-667-2242 Cell: 406-855-0308
Email: schottk17@gmail.com
Term expires: December 31, 2019

Ms. Michelle Erickson-Jones

12052 21 Mile Road Broadview, MT 59015
Cell: 670-3054
Email: michelle.marie.erickson@gmail.com
Term ends: December, 2018
Ron de Yong, Director/ Bob Church

Mr. Chris Larson

15318 North Road
Big Sandy, MT 59520
Phone: (406)378-3149
Email: cwhl@itstriangle.com
Term expires: December 31, 2021 


Mr. Brad Weaver 

CF Industries 115 Riney St
P.O. Box 248
Big Sandy, MT 59520
Office/Cell: 868-2292
Email: bweaver@cfindustries.com
Term Expires: December 31, 2020

Mr. Kyle Juelfs

117 33rd Ave. NE Great Falls, MT 59404
Phone: 952-0679
Cell: 788-6827
Email: k.juelfs@yahoo.com
Term expires: December 31, 2018

Mr. Steve Kauffman

661 South Burnt Fork Rd.
Stevensville, MT 59870-6919
Phone: 406-375-5732
Email: mcphersonfarm@gmail.com
Term Expires: December 31, 2020

Mr. Ryan Lammers

CHS, Inc.
P.O. Box 990
1815 31st Ave NE
Havre, MT 59501 phone: 406-265-2275
Cell: 406-945-0934 Email: ryan.lammers@chsinc.com
Term expires: December 31, 2021

Ms. Michelle Erickson-Jones

12052 21 Mile Road Broadview, MT 59015
Cell: 670-3054
Email: michelle.marie.erickson@gmail.com
Term ends: December, 2018

Ron de Yong, Director/ Bob Church

Mr. Greg Ames, Administrator
Montana Department of Agriculture
Agriculture/Livestock Building
P. O. Box 200201
302 North Roberts Helena, MT 59620-0201
Email: bchurch@mt.

Dr. Tracy M. Sterling

Dept. Head
and Professor
Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
Montana State University
P. O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120
Phone: 994-4605
Email: tracy.sterling@montana.edu

Dr. Charles Boyer

VP/Dean College of Agriculture and Agriculture Experiment Station, and Extension
Montana State University
P. O. Box 172860
Bozeman, MT 59717-2860
Phone: 994-3681

Dr. Jeff Bader 

Director, MSU Extension Service
Montana State University
P. O. Box 172230
Bozeman, MT 59717-2230
Phone: 994-3293
Email: jeff.bader@montana.edu

Mr. Larry Brence 

MSU Extension
Eastern Regional Dept. Head
243 Fort Keogh Rd.
Miles City, MT 59301-4016
Phone: 874-8236
Email: lbrence@montana.edu