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Wisconsin DATCP Launches Nitrogen Optimization Pilot Program

Key Takeaways:

  1. Grant Application Opportunity: Wisconsin farmers and cooperating entities can apply for research grants until January 31, 2024.
  2. Focus on Nitrogen Optimization: The grants are designed to improve methods for optimizing commercial nitrogen use in agriculture.
  3. Collaboration with Universities: Applicants must collaborate with the University of Wisconsin for their projects.
  4. Comprehensive Research Requirement: A two-year commitment to nitrogen optimization field studies is mandatory.
  5. Significant Funding Available: A total of $1 million is allocated for this grant round.

Grant Program Details:

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is inviting applications for the Nitrogen Optimization Pilot Program. This initiative aims to advance the understanding and refinement of methods to optimize commercial nitrogen application in agriculture.

Eligibility and Application Process:

Eligible applicants include agricultural producers who are willing to collaborate with the University of Wisconsin on their projects and conduct field studies for at least two years. A research design must be submitted and approved by UW by December 15, 2023, before final grant submission. All relevant materials and the grant application can be found on DATCP’s website.

Objectives and Benefits:

Wisconsin DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski emphasizes the program’s role in supporting sustainable agricultural practices. By discovering and implementing new nitrogen optimization methods, farmers can enhance crop productivity while conserving soil and water resources.

Funding and Collaboration:

The program offers $1 million for this grant round, with a maximum of $40,000 available per agricultural producer involved in an application. Collaborative efforts between multiple agricultural producers or with other entities are encouraged. Additionally, a portion of the funding will be allocated to the University of Wisconsin for project monitoring, research, and outreach support.

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