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  • In the mid-1970’s, when public support of agricultural research declined, the University of Wisconsin began seeking new sources of funding to continue the practical, applied […]

  • The Wisconsin Fertilizer Research Council has provided funding for fertilizer related research since 1980. Project details can be viewed through the links to the right.

  • As directed by State Statutes [Sec. 94.64 (8m)], the program funds applied soil fertility, soil management or plant nutrition research as these topics relate to […]

The Wisconsin Fertilizer Research Council’s ability to support research is made possible by a fund generated on the sale of fertilizer in the state. For each ton of fertilizer sold, 17 cents is collected for this fund. Other tonnage fees go to support the UW Nutrient and Pest Management program, as well as agricultural chemical clean-up fund and other purposes. The Fertilizer Council consists of a 7-member board which is responsible for deciding which research projects will be funded by fertilizer research funds. The council members meet annually to select projects to recommend for funding.

FRC Mission Statement

“FRC funds research and other designated activities to provide a scientific basis for and promote the philosophy that the Fertilizer Industry supports economically and environmentally sound recommendations, practices and technologies on fertilizer material usage by the end user.”

Program Objectives

  1. To gain knowledge on fertilizer efficiency, plant nutrition, and groundwater and surface water protection that can improve agricultural profitability and protect resources.
  2. To provide information for Wisconsin farmers that can be used for making wise decisions regarding fertilizer use in Wisconsin.