Propane FEED program pays

Agriculture.com Staff 02/24/2011 @ 1:48pm

Farmers can earn up to $2,500 toward the purchase of a new propane-fueled irrigation engine or lawn mower through the Propane FEED (Farm Equipment Efficiency Demonstration) program, sponsored by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). The Propane FEED program provides a financial incentive to qualifying farmers who purchase select pieces of equipment and agree to share their experiences with their peers. In 2010, 36 participants provided feedback that supplied PERC with a better understanding of how farmers are using propane to irrigate crops and maintain their green spaces.

Funds available for farmers in 2011 include:

Technology Incentive

Irrigation engine -- 8 or 10 cylinders $2,500

Irrigation engine -- 6 cylinders $2,000

Irrigation engine -- 4 cylinders $1,500

Mower $2,500

Of those participants who purchased propane mowers, a majority of users said they were already seeing cost savings with the new propane equipment. And 100 percent of farmers reported that their perception of propane improved or remained the same.

PERC recently launched an updated Propane FEED program website where farmers can apply for the program and learn more about new equipment.

A qualifying producer may receive incentives to buy more than one product, but only one unit in each equipment category will be eligible for an incentive, and only new equipment is eligible for the program. Space in the program is limited, and interested farmers are encouraged to apply immediately.

PERC’s vision is that the agricultural industry will embrace propane as a preferred energy source that offers cost-effectiveness, efficiency and productivity, reliability, portability, and environmental friendliness. For more information on PERC and its programs to promote the safe and efficient use of propane in agriculture, call 202-452-8975 or visit www.agpropane.com/FEED.

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