BrightFarms Brings Local Food Nation-Wide

Kelly MarshallAgribusiness, Energy, Local

BrightFarms has broken ground on a new Chicagoland Greenhouse in Rochelle, IL.  The start-up company is changing the face of local produce with the first ever nation brand.  Working together with Roundy’s Supermarkets, and the greenhouses will supply the grocery chain with produce, hopefully in 2016. A model for the future of local, low-impact farming, the BrightFarms Chicagoland Greenhouse will be … Read More

Propane Power Options for the Farm

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, Energy, PERC, propane

Among the most common uses for propane on the farm are grain drying, irrigation, and building heat – but there are many more ways that propane can benefit an agricultural operation. Propane Education and Research Council agricultural director Cinch Munson says currently about 40 percent of the farms in the United States use propane. “There’s a lot of new equipment … Read More

Propane Upgrade Grain Dryer Efficiency

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, Commodity Classic, Energy, Grain, PERC, propane

Farmers at Commodity Classic were showing increased interest in upgrading their grain dryers to high efficiency propane units. Cinch Munson with the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) says their research shows that a new propane grain dryer can result in 50% efficiency savings. “PERC has worked with a number of grain dryers manufacturers over the past few years to … Read More

Research Finds Propane Cuts GHG Emissions

Cindy ZimmermanEnergy, Equipment, Irrigation, PERC, propane

New research commissioned by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) finds that propane equipment cuts greenhouse gas emissions and reduces fuel costs. “A Comparative Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Propane and Competing Energy Sources,” prepared by Nexight Group, studied 14 applications to compare emissions from propane-powered equipment with emissions from conventional energy sources such as gasoline, diesel, and … Read More

#Propane Interest High at #Classic15

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, Commodity Classic, Energy, Irrigation, PERC, propane

Farmers were showing quite a bit of interest in propane power at the 2015 Commodity Classic – everything from irrigation engines and grain dryers, to greenhouse heat and lawn mowers. “There’s new propane equipment on the market that’s very efficient,” says Cinch Munson with the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), who adds that the benefits are numerous. “Propane engines … Read More

Extra Propane Incentives at Commodity Classic

Cindy ZimmermanCommodity Classic, Energy, Irrigation, PERC, propane

Farmers attending the Commodity Classic this week in Phoenix can learn about the latest developments in reliable and efficient propane-powered agricultural technologies – and earn up to $6,000 towards equipment purchases through the Propane Farm Incentive Program. The program, sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council, already offers up to $5,000 for qualifying equipment purchases but during the Commodity … Read More

Get Year-End Savings by Upgrading Propane Equipment

Cindy ZimmermanEnergy, Equipment, propane

Now is the time to take advantages of year-end tax deductions by upgrading your on-farm propane equipment. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has three incentive programs where farmers can get up to $10,000 toward the purchase of new propane equipment for the farm and home. The Propane Farm Incentive Program offers up to $5,000 on eligible propane irrigation … Read More

Propane Powered Engines for Ag

Cindy ZimmermanAudio, Energy, Irrigation, propane, Video

2014 World LP Gas Forum Photo Album The new Tier 4 emission standards for diesel engines have opened up new opportunities for propane in the agricultural engine market. At the World LP Gas Forum in Miami this week, Propane Education and Research Council agricultural director Cinch Munson talked about how they have worked with OEMs to develop and commercialize new … Read More

Agronomy Big Driver in GROWMARK’s Big Year

John Davisagronomy, Energy, Growmark, renewable energ

Agronomy was a big reason GROWMARK had one of its best year’s ever this year. This company news release says Fiscal Year 2014 was in the top five income years in company history, with volume records in agronomy, coupled with significant investments in information management technology and infrastructure improvements leading to the success. Marshall Bohbrink, vice president and chief financial … Read More

Corn Ethanol Project in Brazil Will Feature Precision Ag

Joanna SchroederAudio, bioproducts, Corn, Energy, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show

Alden, Iowa-based Summit Group announced a project to build the first modern corn ethanol plant in Brazil during the 2014 Farm Progress Show. The project will consist of a US$140 million ethanol plant near Lucas do Rio Verde in Mato Grosso, a leading agricultural state in west central Brazil and the country’s largest producer of corn and soybeans. The project … Read More