- The Fertilizer Research Council is a statutory council created under s. 15.137(5), Stats.
- The Fertilizer Research Council recommends research projects to be conducted with fertilizer research funds collected under s. 94.64, Stats. (See s. 94.64(8m), Stats.).
- Funds are collected by the DATCP's Agricultural Resource Management Division, in the form of tonnage fees on fertilizer sales.
- Funds are forwarded to the University of Wisconsin to be used for research on soil management, soil fertility, plant nutrition problems, groundwater problems that may be related to fertilizer usage, and other purposes designated by statute, subject to the recommendations of the Fertilizer Research Council.
The Agricultural Resource Management Division provides administrative support to the council.
- The Fertilizer Research Council has seven voting members and three nonvoting members.
- The DATCP Secretary, the DNR Secretary and the Dean of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are non-voting members.
- The following voting members are appointed for 3-year terms (no voting member may serve more than two consecutive 3-year terms):
- Three industry representatives selected from a list of candidates provided by the fertilizer industry. These members are jointly appointed by the DATCP Secretary and the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
- Three farmers who are crop producers. These members are jointly appointed by the DATCP Secretary and the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
- One water quality expert appointed by the DNR Secretary.