Propane and farming

On farms, propane is most commonly used for heating purposes. According to a recent study by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), 39 percent of agriculture producers use propane for heating their residences, while 55 percent use it for heating equipment sheds and workshops. In addition, 62 percent use propane for heating livestock confinement buildings and 56 percent use it for heating other remote farm buildings.

Since farming is year-round, maximizing productivity in the cold months can prepare agricultural producers for the next season. This includes maintaining or repairing farm equipment stored in heated buildings, which protects the equipment and labor force from the elements.

“Inside propane-heated workshops, crop producers can maintain and repair expensive farm equipment during the off-season,” said PERC Agriculture Programs Manager Mark Leitman. “As the size of agricultural equipment increases, so does the need for larger heated workspaces to accommodate this equipment.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the value of machinery and equipment on farms totals over $110 billion. Propane is fast, convenient, and reliable when it comes to heating farm buildings and helps farmers properly care for this investment.

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