Propane Incentive Program to Pay Farmers to Buy Equipment

WASHINGTON — The Propane Education & Research Council has announced the release of the 2016 Propane Farm Incentive Program, a nationwide research and demonstration initiative offering farmers purchase incentives of up to $5,000 toward new propane-powered farm equipment.

Sponsored by PERC, the program offers $300 per liter of engine displacement for irrigation engines, $30 per kilowatt for prime power propane generators and 10 cents per square foot for propane-powered agricultural heating systems.

The incentive program helps offset the costs of new agriculture equipment in exchange for real-world performance data and customer feedback.

“New generation propane-powered farm equipment is extremely efficient, reliable and cost-effective,” said Cinch Munson, PERC’s director of agriculture business development. “The Propane Farm Incentive Program helps farmers experience the many benefits of propane equipment first-hand, while providing us with valuable information to continue to improve new propane technology.”

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 9.20.24 AMParticipants from the 2014 incentive program reduced fuel costs by more than 40 percent by switching to emissions-compliant, propane-powered irrigation engines.

Additionally, new-generation propane-powered engines produce 20 percent fewer emissions than gasoline engines and 11 percent fewer emissions than similar diesel-powered systems.

Producers can apply for the incentives by completing an online application. For more information and a list of eligible equipment, visit www.propane.com/farmincentive.

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