The Propane Education & Research Council recently introduced its Propane Farm Incentive Program. It's a nationwide initiative in which farmers can receive more than $4,000 toward the purchase of new propane-fueled irrigation engines or other farm equipment.
Farmers who participate in the program will receive a $400 incentive per liter of engine displacement, up to 10.3 liters or $4,120, toward the purchase of a new propane-fueled irrigation engine. That equipment must be new, original propane-fueled engines and equipment that have obtained the proper U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and/or California Air Resources Board Certification.
The program aims to support propane-fueled agricultural equipment as it emerges out of the research and development pipeline. Feedback and performance data from the program's participants will be used to inform future product development.
"This program gets at the core of the significant investments PERC has made in the agricultural industry," says Mark Leitman, PERC director of business development and marketing. "By offering incentives to farmers in exchange for performance data, we're establishing a mutually-beneficial relationship that will assist in developing new technology to support the industry."
Cleaner and cheaper
Propane-fueled irrigation engines cost up to 14% less to purchase and operate than diesel irrigation engines. Propane also cuts deposits on engine components and decreases overall maintenance costs.
New-generation propane-fueled engines also produce fewer emissions than gasoline- and diesel-powered systems. "With the feedback and performance data collected through the Propane Farm Incentive Program, we're able to better develop equipment to meet the needs of those who use it the most: farmers," notes Leitman.
Nearly 40% of U.S. farms use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings, and dry and process crops. Nearly 90% of propane supplies are produced in the United States, giving farmers the security of using an abundant, domestic energy source.
Learn more about PFIP through equipment dealers nationwide or by submitting an easy online application. To see a list of eligible equipment, please visit www.agpropane.com.