(AREA) -- The Farmer Board of Directors of the Michigan Wheat Program is hoping to invest in innovative research projects that will help growers increase yields and quality, as well as ideas for new markets and uses. Cass City farmer David Milligan chairs the groups' nine-member board and says the idea was discussed during the December 2012 strategic planning session. The Michigan Wheat Program board is seeking research projects that will touch on various aspects of production, including rotation, cover crops, nutrients, inputs, pests and disease. The board is also interested in more market-driven projects that will provide an overview of production practices, current wheat markets and uses and exports and export markets. Milligan says that delivering the highest quality product to market is a key goal. The full Request For Proposals and a budget submission form can be found at www.miwheat.org by clicking on "Research" under the "Industry" tab. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 4. Researchers chosen for funding will be notified by April 30, 2013.