The Fertilizer Advisory Committee will hold their annual meeting February 8-9, 2022 and will hear progress reports from FY 2022 funded projects, and consider proposals for FY 2023 funding. The FY 2022 progress reporting and FY 2023 proposal review process will be managed by the MAES Associate Director's office. For questions, please email Mary Burrows at

Project proposal deadline: January 15, 2022 

As a reminder, the intent of the research funding is to "(1) be used for comprehensive statewide educational and experimental programs aimed at optimum use of fertilizers for feed and food production, and (2) 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.”  Researchers should keep this in mind as they prepare a proposal as well as the accompanying presentation to the committee.

All areas of research related to the objectives of MFAC are welcome. In FY23 the committee would like to encourage proposals for research in these priority areas:

  • Nutrients related to oilseeds such as camelina and hemp
  • Fertilizer research on forages
  • Finding crops or practices to increase efficiency of fertilizer inputs
  • Improving relative feed value of forages for cattle

Instructions for a required proposal format are as follows:

  • Each section of the narrative should not exceed 1500 words 
  • Applications must be submitted through the web form
  • An OSP Proposal Clearance Form is not required. 
  • Maximum 3 minute PPT/video (upload after web form submission)

Application will Include:

  1. Project name
  2. Principal investigators and cooperators
  3. Introduction and justification for meeting the dual intents of the funding (see above)
  4. Objectives
  5. Materials and methods
  6. Expected results
  7. Relevance and prospective benefits to Montana agriculture
  8. Proposed budget
  9. Budget justification 
  10. Literature cited (minimal) 

When ready to apply:

To apply, complete the web form here. Upon completion you will be directed to the Box upload for your PPT/video and any other needed attachments.

For questions regarding the web form or upload, please email Rebecca Falks at