Abundant, affordable propane powers Pennsylvania agriculture | News, Sports, Jobs

With the great uncertainty in the world these days, many Pennsylvanians need not worry about how they will heat their homes during these coldest winter months. More than 568,000 households rely on propane as their primary home heating source – and the domestic fuel source remains plentiful and affordable.

This is good news for Pennsylvania agriculture, too.

Pennsylvania farmers rely on propane in many ways to run their daily operations. In agriculture, fuel is just as important as the tractor. In addition to being used to power equipment, propane is especially important to two of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the state: pig and poultry production. Both have grown by around 25% in the past few years.

Reliable, even and comfortable propane heating is a key element in keeping piglets hearty and healthy. Propane incubators are highly efficient as they provide more even heat over a larger area with fewer units and keep young chicks warm and healthy.

Farmers cannot control the weather, but they have choices when it comes to the fuels they use. Propane heaters offer unmatched reliability as they continue to function even in the event of a power failure. Access to this indigenous source of fuel is vital to business continuity and helps these vital farms supply grocery store shelves and neighbors across the Commonwealth.

While more than 14 million American families rely on propane for home heating, few appreciate the importance of the fuel in bringing groceries to dining tables nationwide. But that’s only part of the story. Hot water, clothes dryers, fireplaces, gas grills, stoves, space heaters, and generators are just a few of the growing uses of propane gas.

Propane is one of the lightest and cleanest burns of any fossil fuel, and its manufacture and supply is an economic incentive. Pennsylvania’s propane industry adds nearly $ 2 million to the local economy and creates 3,200 jobs nationwide. The abundance of supply means that it is very affordable.

For farmers, this budget-friendly fuel means the possibility of improved production with lower input costs and the flexibility to solve problems by providing a clean, inexpensive and reliable source of off-grid power.

Poultry farmers use propane-powered poultry house disinfectants, which generate heat from propane flames housed under a steel hood to disinfect poultry litter. The intense heat kills pathogens, reduces ammonia levels and fights harmful diseases that can affect the weight and vitality of the birds.

Propane-fired grain dryers offer farmers the opportunity to save money and reduce spoilage. At the same time, they offer them flexibility in harvest planning and insurance against unforeseen problems in marketing their crops. With reliable access to affordable propane, these farmers can expand their businesses and strengthen their independence.

Pennsylvania’s farmers have a rich tradition of governing the land. You support projects that strike the right balance between respecting the land and using it properly for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians. Some farms have pipelines that cross their property. They pride themselves on their work and on being part of the supply chain for these precious resources.

Energy is a point of contention at times, but one thing Democrats and Republicans agree on is the need to become more independent and less dependent on foreign sources. Not only is this happening, but roles are being reversed, with Pennsylvania helping to shape this new global energy dynamic. The continued development of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations has reduced our need for overseas energy sources and continues to bring tremendous benefits to farmers, consumers and businesses across the state.

Continuous investment in energy infrastructure to safely and responsibly deliver these natural gas liquids to the market is essential. Pipelines are the critical link in ensuring that we can all continue to take advantage of this abundant, affordable domestic energy source.

Few know the value and importance of this resource better than those in the agricultural and energy sectors, who have a long history of partnerships aimed at providing food and fuel for Pennsylvania. Rest assured, we will continue this work together to ensure that our neighbors across the Commonwealth have access to critical and essential necessities such as food and fuel that meet the most basic needs, with sustainability and the environment as a top priority.

CHRIS LORD

Harrisburg

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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