DNR, DATCP call for UW proposals: Plan to develop Wisconsin-based nitrogen-loss tool for ag systems

On behalf of funding partners at Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Ag, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP), the CALS Office of Extension & Outreach is supporting the issuance of a call for proposals for a plan to develop a nitrate leaching planning tool for producers and agronomy professionals.

For months now, CALS, Extension and UW-Stevens Point colleagues have collaborated with Wisconsin DATCP and DNR develop and refine common challenges and objectives regarding nitrates and groundwater. Among others, we mutually recognize that producers and agronomy professionals want and need tools to estimate the nitrate leaching potential of different production systems and management practices. Recently, both DNR and DATCP have prioritized funding toward developing a plan to address the steps needed to make such tools calibrated to Wisconsin conditions a reality. Fortunately, this need coincides with the advancement of various complementary nitrate leaching indices and water, plant and energy cycle simulation models. In other words, while there are knowledge gaps to be addressed, we have extensive intellectual and institutional support behind working collectively. This is another collaborative opportunity.

University of Wisconsin research expertise has historically been a font of knowledge informing critical societal challenges. Nitrate contamination of groundwater is no exception. We have the capacity and the history of bringing that to bear. Please consider responding to this CFP to advance an important step in this process.

Some important details:

  • Up to $50,000 in funding to develop a plan
  • Funding through 6/30/21
  • Short proposals; 2-4 pg requested
  • Relatively short turnaround (due November 2, 2020)
  • Collaborative proposals highly encouraged
  • Proposals returned to Brian Weigel, DNR and Sara Walling, DATCP

CALS related questions can directed to John Exo,, or 608-393-0496. Please see the Call for Proposals for specific details.