Versatile, Environmentally Friendly Propane Powers American Agriculture
The Numbers on Propane in U.S. Agriculture
Some 40 percent of farms in the United States rely on propane in their operations. About half of all farms use propane as the energy source for their home and residences. Some 850 million gallons of propane were sold for agricultural use in 2016, the last year for which information is available. That number constitutes 10 percent of all propane sales in the country.
Propane and Sustainability
As farmers drive toward greater sustainability, propane offers an affordable, low-carbon alternative to diesel or gasoline. Propane is a portable, high-density fuel. It is cleaner when it burns and far safer for the environment than traditional fuels. Propane is a cost-efficient, low-carbon fuel.
Propane is renewable. As renewable propane becomes more widely available, propane will further cement its reputation as an essential tool for sustainable agriculture. Propane derived from biomass sources is already in use. Research is underway that may yield other renewable sources of propane.
Whether saving orchards from damaging frost, eradicating weeds on organic farms, keeping greenhouses warm, or drying grain for storage, propane’s versatility has already made it an essential element in American agriculture and one that is likely to expand its importance over time.
Uses of Propane in Agriculture
- Agricultural Building Heat
- Incubation Facilities
- Livestock Facilities
- Milk Parlors
- Poultry and Pig Brooding Facilities
- CO2 Generation (for plant growth enhancement in greenhouses)
- Drying Produce
- Flame Sanitation (for indoor livestock spaces)
- Flame Weeding
- Frost Protection Equipment
- Grain Dryers
- Irrigation Engines
- Light-Duty Vehicles (such as pick-up trucks)
- Medium-Duty Vehicles (such as delivery vans)
- Stock Tank Heating
- Tractors, Combines, Lawnmowers and Other Self-Propelled Farm Equipment
- Water Heating (for food processing and other purposes)