Commodity Boards / Agricultural Marketing Boards

Commodity Boards (also referred to as agricultural marketing boards) at the state and national level offer funding opportunities for research and/or outreach projects.

Wisconsin commodity boards that offer regular funding opportunities are below.

Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board

+WI Corn Promotion Board Call for Proposals - Opportunity Closed

This opportunity has closed.  Please check back in fall 2019 for more information.

The Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board (WCPB) is seeking project proposals that are supportive of the WCPB strategic plan. WCPB is funded through a checkoff assessment of the net market price of Wisconsin grown corn.

See the WCPB PDF or WCPB Word document for the full RFP including the WCPB’s Areas of Interest, eligibility and proposal guidelines. Applications should include the WCPB Proposal Cover Page and Project Budget templates.

If there are any questions, contact Nicole Wagner at (262) 372-3289) or or Michell Sass at (608) 265-9534

Wisconsin Cranberry Board

+WI Cranberry Board Calls for Proposals - Opportunity Closed

This opportunity has closed.  Please check back in fall 2019 for more information.

The Wisconsin Cranberry Board (WCB) has issued its annual calls for proposals for Education and Promotion projects and Crop Research projects.  The information below is relevant to proposals for continuing funding as well as preliminary proposals invited to submit full/final applications.

Please review the Calls below for instructions regarding proposals as well as progress reports. (Progress reports must be submitted by March 1st to WCB’s Tom Lochner at

For questions about this funding opportunity please contact Kate (Pemberton) Krueger at or via phone at (608) 262-3337.

Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board

+WI Soybean Marketing Board Call for Proposals - Opportunity Closed

This opportunity has closed.  Please check back in fall 2019 for more information.

The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) is seeking project proposals that are supportive of the WSMB strategic mission statement. WSMB is funded through a checkoff assessment of 0.5% of the net market price of Wisconsin grown soybeans.

The WSMB invites a variety of proposals to address issues from many different disciplines. WSMB will undoubtedly continue to fund many of the traditional programs that are supportive of WSMB’s mission. The WSMB looks forward to working with all interested parties in the development of projects and programs that support the needs of Wisconsin’s soybean farmers.

Find downloadable details regarding the application process, proposal cover sheet and project budget forms here: 2019 WSMB request for proposals. Fillable forms can be downloaded here: 2019 WSMB fillable forms.

Note that all proposals should be routed to the CALS Research Division via WISPER and are due to CALS by Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.

If there are any questions, please contact Bob Karls by phone (608) 274-7522 or by email or Michell Sass at (608) 265-9534 or

Midwest Food Products Association

+Midwest Food Products Association Call for Proposals - Opportunity Closed

This opportunity has closed.  Please check back in early 2020 for more information.

The Midwest Food Products Association (MWFPA) is seeking research project proposals that are supportive of the suggested topics and other topics that are important for the Midwest vegetable processing industry.

Refer to the MWFPA 2019 Request for Proposals for the funding announcement, a list of suggested topics, to obtain the application form, and for additional information about the application process.

Proposals should be routed to the CALS Research Division via WISPER no later than March 14, 2019.

Proposals will be submitted as a group to the MWFPA on the due date of March 15th.

Direct any questions to Nick George at the MWFPA by phone at (608) 255-9946 or via email at

For proposal processing questions contact Michell Sass in the CALS Research Division via phone at (608) 265-9534 or via email at

Wisconsin Fertilizer Research Council

+WI Fertilizer Research Council Call for Proposals - New Proposals due September 20, 2019

2019 Wisconsin Fertilizer Research Program Request for Proposals
2019 Information for Researchers
WFRP Request for Proposals
WFRP New Proposal Budget Form
WFRP New Proposal Cover Page
WFRP Award Policy

General Information
The Fertilizer Research Program is funded by a tonnage assessment on fertilizer and soil amendments sold in the state and administered by the Wisconsin Fertilizer Research Council (WFRC). The seven-member WFRC is comprised of representatives from farming, the agricultural chemicals industry, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The WFRC mission is:
To fund 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.

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 usage of fertilizers or their impacts on surface or groundwater in Wisconsin.

The program typically funds 3-5 proposals that range from $10,000-45,000 annually.
Proposals requesting over $50,000 annually are unlikely to be funded.

Research Criteria – Please read carefully
Research proposals must address one or more of the following topics:
• Soil management
• Soil fertility
• Plant nutrition
• Surface or groundwater problems possibly related to fertilizer usage. **of particular interest is nitrate
loss to groundwater in sandy soils**
Proposals that do not clearly address a problem in these areas will not be considered for funding.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
• Topic originality
• Topic relevance
• Goal feasibility
• Research methodology
• Outreach plan

Proposals will have an increased chance of funding if:
• There is demonstrated support from industry, commodity or another stakeholder group
• The research has wide applicability to the Wisconsin crop producing and fertilizer industry

Eligibility and Funding Details
•Only Principal Investigators from the UW System are eligible to apply.
•Proposal funding will begin in April is provided on a calendar year basis (April 1-March 31) with potential for annual renewal for up to two additional years. Funds awarded in response to this call will be available April 1, 2020. A one-two month delay may occur when transferring funds to campuses other than UW-Madison.
•Award continuation is given on an annual basis pending evidence of progress and availability of funds.
•Funding priority is given to successful continuing projects.
•Indirect costs are not allowed.
•There is no cost-sharing requirement.

Application Process
All necessary proposal documents can be downloaded from
UW-Madison applicants: Submit proposals to CALS via WISPER by September 20, 2019.
•Proposals not fitting the format or requirements will be returned if ample time remains to make revisions.
•If you are unsure whether your research topic fits the mission of the program, please contact the Program Coordinator. There is no limit to the number of new proposals submitted or funded per individual researcher.
•Demonstrated support, if available, should be documented in the proposal submission.
Using the URL at top of page, please review the online document “Award Terms and Policies”.

Continuing Research Proposals: Submit the progress report and modified scope of work (if necessary) to the FRC coordinator by January 10, 2020. Funds may be withheld for continuing projects if reporting requirements are not met.

FRC Programmatic questions should be directed to the Geoff Siemering (, 608-262-9969).
Proposal-related questions should be directed to Michell Sass, CALS Research Division (, 608-265-9534).

Wisconsin Potato Industry Board

The WI Potato Industry Board, in concert with the WI Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, contacts investigators with regard to base and competitive funding opportunities.  Contact the CALS Research Division if you have questions.

State of Wisconsin Commodity Boards

For general information about agricultural marketing boards in the state of Wisconsin refer to the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WI DATCP).

+WI DATCP 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grants - Opportunity Closed

This opportunity has closed.  Please check back in fall 2019 for more information.

The following information was provided in a press release from the agency:

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is accepting applications for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program.

Grants are awarded to projects intended to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop industries through research, education or market development. Qualified projects are those meant to benefit the industry as a whole as opposed to benefiting one individual, farm or company. DATCP will use a competitive review process to select the most qualified projects and will submit Wisconsin’s state plan to the USDA for approval and funding.

Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops, herbs and more. Find a full list of eligible crops and more information about the program at

Non-profits, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other agricultural organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications may involve collaborations or partnerships between entities.

Grant funds will be awarded for projects up to three years in duration. Typical projects are awarded between $10,000 and $100,000. In anticipation of receiving funding, project contracts and work would begin in the fall.

Eligible project expenses include compensation for personnel, consultant services, materials and supplies, and miscellaneous costs.

Optional grant-writing workshops scheduled

Optional grant-writing workshops will be held for interested applicants on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2:00-4:00pm in East Troy, WI
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2:00-4:00pm in Madison, WI

For additional dates, locations, and times or to register for the free workshops, contact DATCP Grants Specialist Juli Speck at or 608-224-5134.

Requests for Proposals information and application materials are online at

Regional Commodity Funding Opportunities

Funding information provided by regional commodity groups can be found below.

+North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) - Due May 24, 2019

North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) Request for Research Proposals for 2019/2020 (FY20) Funding

Proposals are due May 24, 2019.

The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) combines soybean check-off funds from its 12- member states to sponsor basic and applied research, Extension and outreach, and communications to increase soybean profitability and enhance yield, while maintaining or improving soybean composition, through genetic improvement, agronomics and biotic and abiotic stress mitigation for soybean maturity groups 0 – IV.

The NCSRP is seeking collaborative multi-state soybean research project renewal requests and new proposals for funding to begin on October 1, 2019.  The NCSRP Board will fund research projects that address their goals to increase soybean grower productivity and profitability while improving environmental stewardship.  The NCSRP will fund both applied and basic research, and the communication of research results, to provide short- and long-term practical benefit to Midwestern soybean producers.

Please see the following information for additional details about this opportunity:

Proposals are submitted by providing an electronic copy in Microsoft Word format and 2 original hard copies of the completed proposal to Sue Heath at by May 24, 2019.  Questions can be addressed to Dr. Ed Anderson, telephone (515) 334-1059 or email at

National Commodity Boards

For general information about national commodity boards, see USDA-AMS Research and Promotion Programs.