The Propane Education & Research Council recently expanded its Propane FEED program, a demonstration initiative that tests the performance of new propane-fueled technology. The expansion gives farmers more opportunities to save money when they buy and fuel new propane equipment.
"Propane engines are more cost effective than diesel engines or electric motors," says Kent Chrisman, a Nebraska farmer who has been a Propane FEED participant since May 2011. "The Propane FEED program is beneficial because the data collected will help enhance efficiency on future products. I've used propane engines my whole life, and because of minimal maintenance, I believe propane engines are more economical than other types."
With incentives of up to $5,000 for participation, the Propane FEED program encourages farmers to try new propane equipment and help PERC get valuable voice-of-customer data that can be used for product improvement.
"Our goal is to help farmers run a more productive operation with propane," adds Mark Leitman, PERC director of business development and marketing. "The Propane FEED program helps us achieve that goal because it helps introduce new, efficient propane products into the agricultural marketplace."
Propane engines are one of the eligible product categories for 2012. Provided below is a list of all products and manufacturers.
Product Category Eligible Manufacturer
Irrigation engine Buck's 5.7-liter irrigation GM engine
Buck's 8.0-liter irrigation GM engine
EDI 6.8-liter irrigation Ford engine
Grain dryer Mathews Trilogy Series grain dryer
GSI X-Stream grain dryer
Heater L.B. White SmartSense swine heater
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.PERC was authorized by Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act in 1996. Its goal is to carry out programs, projects and activities in three key areas: safety, training and research and development.