Propane’s New Role on the Farm

Jamie Johansen

classic-13-jamie-160-editedThe trade show at the recent Commodity Classic was the place to share new and innovative products for growers and the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) was among exhibitors who used that to their advantage.

PERC is a checkoff, like many other agricultural organization. They use their funds to invest in research and safety training programs to educate the public. Farmers are among those who can utilize this alternative fuel. I spoke with Mark Leitman,
Director of Business Development and Marketing, during Commodity Classic and he not only shared some ways farmers across the country can take advantage of propane other than heating their home, but also talked about their Propane Farm Incentive Program.

“We’ve got a lot of opportunities for 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.”

“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 theres 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 my interview with Mark here: Interview with Mark Leitman

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