Bid Alert No: 00000476809
Bid Title: Research to Quantify Agricultural Contributions to Impaired Waters and for Development and Evaluation of Best Management Practices to Protect and Restore Water Resources
Agency Bid No. Title: Not Stated
Received Date: 02/08/2016
Close Date: 03/04/2016
Purchase Type: April of 2016 and may extend through fiscal year 2020.
Delivery Date: Not Stated
Special Notices: Questions Due By 02/05/2016
Specifications include, but are not limited to:Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division Notice of Availability of Request for Proposals (RFP) for Research to Quantify Agricultural Contributions to Impaired Waters and for Development and Evaluation of Best Management Practices to Protect and Restore Water Resources NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of availability of contracts to select scientists and researchers to conduct research related to impaired waters in agricultural watersheds. Project Priorities Proposals should quantify agricultural conservation practice effectiveness related to nutrient source reduction, off-site movement, and treatment in the State of Minnesota. Proposals should focus on the water quality effects of individual conservation practices and/or the cumulative effects of multiple conservation practices. Proposals must include a cost effectiveness component, as well as an education and outreach plan to benefit the people of Minnesota. MDA Impaired Waters Research Priorities are: 1.) Demonstrate and evaluate the sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus reduction effectiveness, biogeochemical processes, hydrologic impacts, and construction design criteria of common agricultural drainage water management practices to address research gaps identified in the 2012 Minnesota Agricultural Best Management Practice (BMP) Handbook available at: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/cleanwaterfund/research/agbmphandbook.aspx . 2.) For tile drained agricultural fields in Minnesota, evaluate the water balance between corn and/or soybean systems with and without cover crops, and the effectiveness of the cover crops at reducing nitrogen and phosphorus surface and subsurface losses from these corn and/or soybean systems. Determine how cover crops affect the availability of water for the corn or soybean crops. Compare the collected field data to crop nutrient models to determine their accuracy at simulating water use and nutrient loss. Optional considerations would include upgrading existing model language to integrate observations. 3.) Conduct an assessment of whether agricultural conservation practices (managerial, vegetative, and structural) remain and are effective after the expiration of their contract and design life expectations; assessment must include an onsite survey of Minnesota farms. Evaluate whether the conservation practice is functioning, its age, and to what extent maintenance contributed to the functionality or life expectancy of the practice. Determine the reason(s) why or why not a practice has been maintained. Additional considerations may include: Evaluation of the expected remaining effectiveness of each practice. Evaluation of the practicality and cost effectiveness for these practices to be modified to provide added, alternative, or longer-lasting water quality benefits. 4.) Develop a comprehensive inventory summarizing cover crop and perennial vegetation research and demonstration data that has focused predominantly in Minnesota. Compile the information into a document similar to the 2012 Minnesota Agricultural BMP Handbook. At a minimum the inventory should provide: A description of each crop species; Soil characteristics and/or landscape limitations or suitability; Practical aspects of establishment and management of the crop, including termination; Nutrient crediting; Effects (positive or negative) on primary crop yield; Costs and other economic considerations; Potential barriers to adoption; Potential markets for the crop; and Environmental benefits or consequences of crop establishment (e.g., carbon sequestration, water infiltration and nutrient leaching, runoff quality). The contract period begins in April of 2016 and may extend through fiscal year 2020.
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Product Codes: 92600, 91843, 95675
Issuing Agency: State of Minnesota-Department of Agriculture
Agency Type: State and Local
Contact: Heidi Peterson 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55155