History

The 1971 Montana legislature approved an assessment on commercial fertilizers to provide funding for soil fertility and soil management education and research programs in Montana. Mont. Code Ann § 80-10-103-106 outlines assessment, allocation, educational and experimental programs and meetings and functions of the advisory committee. The intent is 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, who also provide administrative and program support. Five committee members must be involved in agriculture and use fertilizer and two members must represent the fertilizer industry. Each member serves a five-year term. The Director of the Montana Department of Agriculture serves as an ex-officio member. MSU scientists with MSU Extension and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station have a responsibility for developing and implementing the education and research programs.   

Fertilizer Funding Applications 

Call for FY 18 Progress Reports 

Project investigators are expected to present FY 18 funded project results to the Fertilizer Advisory Committee at their annual meeting at forthcoming date (that will be announced). 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 19 Fertilizer Funds

The MFAC will consider proposals for FY 2019 funding at their annual meeting (at a forthcoming date). 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

  • Call for proposals and reports in October.
  • Proposals are due January 15th.  
  • Funding for the following fiscal year is reviewed in February (based on committee availability) 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 

Fertilizer Facts are 2-3 page fact sheets that summarize methods and results of many of the MFAC-funded projects research projects. 

MSU Extension Soil Fertility Program

The Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management program at MSU focuses on the processes that affect nutrient cycling so that they can be managed more sustainably.  

Fertilizer Advisory Committee Members (2018)

The advisory committee meets a minimum of once each year with the *MSU Directors (as ex-officio members) 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 and Agricultural Experiment Station have financial responsibility and jointly appoint committee members. 

Mr. Keith Scott

Broadview, MT 
Term expires: December 31, 2019

Mr. Mitch Konen

Fairfield, MT 
Term expires: December, 2022

Mr. Chris Larson

Big Sandy, MT 
Term expires: December, 2021 

Mr. Brad Weaver 

Big Sandy, MT 
Term expires: December 31, 2020

Mr. Kyle Juelfs

Great Falls, MT 
Term expires: December 31, 2018

Mr. Steve Kauffman

Stevensville, MT 
Term Expires: December 31, 2020

Mr. Ryan Lammers

Havre, MT
Term expires: December 31, 2021

*Mr. Bob Church 

Commodities Section Program Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture 
Helena, MT

*Dr. Tracy M. Sterling

Dept. Head & Professor
Land Resources & Environmental Sciences 
Montana State University 

*Dr. Charles Boyer

VP/Dean College of Agriculture and Agriculture Experiment Station
Montana State University  

*Dr. Cody Stone

Interim Director, MSU Extension Service
Montana State University  

*Mr. Larry Brence 

MSU Extension
Eastern Regional Dept. Head
Miles City, MT