Nine new projects have received funding from the Montana Fertilizer Advisory Committee to explore the science and best practices of various aspects of agricultural fertilizer.
The MFAC was created by the Montana Legislature in 1971 to fund education and research programs related to soil fertility and management in the state. The committee comprises seven members appointed by the directors of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and MSU Extension, five who are agricultural producers who use fertilizer in their operations and two representing the fertilizer industry. Scientists with MSU Extension and MAES develop and implement the education and research programs.
“The MFAC is a critical part of research and advanced understanding of fertilizer use, especially across the diverse landscapes we have in Montana,” said Mary Burrows, associate director of MAES. “The partnerships this committee facilitates and the incredible potential of the field of soil sciences are evidenced by the fantastic array of projects that the committee has made possible this year."
In addition to its advisory and funding capacity, the MFAC creates and distributes fertilizer fact sheets for producers and the public. Fact sheets can be found on the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences website and are free to download.
Research projects funded by the MFAC for the 2022 fiscal year include:
More information about the Montana Fertilizer Advisory Committee can be found at https://agriculture.montana.edu/mfac/index.html.