The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) saw record results from its 2013 Propane Farm Incentive Program. The group is now making plans to renew the program for 2014. This year, nearly $627,000 in purchase incentives was distributed to producers in 29 states who purchased cost-saving propane irrigation engines, grain dryers, and other qualifying equipment.

A total of 219 farmers purchased new equipment and provided PERC with feedback and performance data. Participating states included: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

The research and demonstration program is open to producers across the U.S. and offers incentives toward the purchase of new propane-fueled equipment, including propane irrigation engines, grain dryers, swine and ag heaters, generators, and other qualified equipment.

About 40% of farms in the U.S. use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings, and dry and process crops. As gasoline and diesel prices continue to rise in recent years, propane has remained an efficient and affordable fuel alternative on the farm.

Nearly all of U.S. propane supplies are produced in the United States, giving farmers the security of using an abundant, domestic energy source.

Full details of the 2014 program will be released in January. A list of eligible equipment and more information about PERC incentive programs can be found at agpropane.com.

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