Incentives available to farmers again on propane-fueled equipment

December 12, 2013 By    

Farmers who purchase propane-fueled farm equipment in 2014 will again be eligible for up to $5,000 in purchase incentives through the 2014 Propane Farm Incentive Program. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) renewed funding for the program at a meeting this month.

The incentive program achieved record results in 2013 according to PERC, which distributed more than $627,000 in purchase incentives to producers across the United States. A total of 219 farmers purchased new propane irrigation engines, grain dryers and other qualifying equipment through the program. The 219 provided PERC with feedback and performance data.

According to the data, propane-fueled irrigation engines in 2012 cut producers’ fuel costs by 75 percent per hour. Propane-fueled engines also reduced fuel consumption by 43 percent per hour when compared with 2011 data. PERC says nearly 865,000 farms in the U.S. currently use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings, and dry and process crops.

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