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Propane’s unique attributes can help the nation’s farmers address rising pressure to reduce costs, increase productivity, and meet stringent environmental regulations. As environmental pressures increase, farmers will seek energy sources that can meet their demands without polluting the air, soil, or water. Shifting food preferences, advances in biotechnology, and growing global economic pressures are causing farmers to change their products and production methods. Political decisions regarding energy policy and environmental regulations have the potential to profoundly impact the future of farming.

Approximately 1 billion gallons of propane are  used on more than 660,000 U.S. farms every year. Propane is many farmers’ first fuel choice because it is reliable, safe, clean and efficient, and can be used in hundreds of different agricultural applications. Some of those applications are listed below:

Crop drying – Propane drying systems are widely used because of the simplicity of the required equipment, which contributes to low equipment, fuel, and maintenance costs.

Irrigation pumps – Propane-fueled irrigation pumps produce the same amount of power as gasoline or diesel engines, with lower emissions. Propane will not leave a dangerous and sometimes toxic residue, as liquid fuels can.

Crop heating – Propane heaters operate efficiently for long periods while producing enough heat to prevent valuable crops from being ruined by unexpected cold spells. Propane is also used in heating greenhouses.

Greenhouses – Just as Propane heaters protect crops from damaging cold, it is an excellent solution to heating greenhouses