Propane Pays on the Farm

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, Commodity Classic, Equipment

classic-13-jamie-160-editedThe Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) booth at last week’s Commodity Classic was the hot place for growers to learn more about how propane pays on the farm.

One way to make it pay is through PERC’s Propane Farm Incentive Program. “A farmer can actually get a rebate from us,” explained Mark Leitman, Director of Business Development and Marketing. “We just ask for some information to be submitted back to us after one growing season to tell us about the technology and ways that we might improve it in the future.”

Leitman says there is a lot of enthusiasm about propane now because of its lower price compared to diesel. “We got a lot of opportunities fro farmers to learn more about propane and ways they can use new technology on the farm and take advantage of propane’s low costs and environmental attributes and lower their costs of operation,” he said.

“Grain drying and building heating continues to be some of the bigger uses, but we are seeing a huge growth in the amount of engines being powered by propane. In the ag sector, irrigation engines, is a low hanging fruit for us. It’s easy to place the engines, easy to place the tanks and it’s easy for the propane marketers to deliver. So, we are really promoting propane as an engine fuel in that application. Plus there’s opportunities for trunks, lawn mowers and advance deficiency grain dryers. Just lots and lots of ways propane can be used on the farm.”

Listen to an interview with Leitman here: [wpaudio url=”″ text=”Interview with Mark Leitman”]

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