Feeding the World is a Big Job

THE PRESIDENT’S BLOG, FEATURING PAPGA PRESIDENT HAROLD F. SWEET.

It takes a can-do attitude and a can-do fuel to help feed seven billion people. Think of a job on the farm, and chances are, propane can do that. It’s why more farmers than ever are making the switch.

Less to Worry About. More to Look Forward to. How do the hardest working people in the world, America’s farmers, get the job done? With powerful, clean-burning propane.

Propane or Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gas has been instrumental in farming ever since propane was introduced as a cooking alternative to natural gas were it was unavailable in rural areas. In the 1920’s

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bottled gas was distributed with a gas burner for cooking where only coal or wood was used. Today the numerous propane powered products available provide the Agricultural community cost savings and time management.

Generators – A consistent supply of power can be critical to an agricultural operation, and propane-powered generators can supply power independent of the grid. When the costs associated with connecting to the grid make electricity or natural gas a poor choice, propane generators are an ideal option for farms.

Irrigation Engines – Farmers using propane irrigation engines report savings up to 50 percent compared to diesel engines doing the same job. Plus, new propane-powered engines typically cost 20 to 40 percent less than new diesel engines for comparable power. For many farms, propane engines are cost-competitive to electric pumps while providing independence from the grid.

Irrigation Engine in Corn Field

Grain Dryers – Crop drying technology has come a long way in recent years. Today’s propane crop dryers are up to 50 percent more energy efficient than older models. They also run cleaner, last longer, and are more cost-effective overall without pipeline curtailment concerns.

Flame Weed Control   Propane-powered pest control is perfect for organic farmers who can’t use traditional use pesticides rather than herbicides, or any producers who want to reduce their herbicide use. For example, flame weeding is up to 90 percent effective.

Building Heat – Even during long, cold winter months, when building heat is more energy intensive, propane will heat buildings effectively and efficiently. Propane also delivers the consistent heat needed for healthier plants and animals.  Check out this video to see how reliable, consistent and comfortable propane heat is a key part of turning baby pigs into market-ready hogs that are healthy and hearty.

Storage & Distribution – Propane gives you independence from the grid, because it’s stored onsite at your farm. You can also choose above or below ground tank installation.

Water Heating – Commercial-sized propane water heaters are ideal for agricultural use. With incredible efficiency, they can provide hot water for cleaning, sanitizing equipment, and much more. No longer do dairy farmers have to store large amounts of hot water (hundreds of gallons) after the introduction of tankless commercial water heaters, which feature a much lower operating costs than the large tanks of the past.

Lower Costs. Propane equipment is built for efficiency, so it can lower your fuel costs for nearly every application, from irrigation to building heat.

Fewer Emissions. Propane can help you meet the strictest emissions goals: it’s proven to produce fewer emissions compared with diesel or gasoline models.

Easy Refueling. Your propane supplier can customize a fueling plan that is right for you, to provide you with reliable power independent of the grid.

Abundant, American. Propane is made in America, and we have plenty of it. Using this clean, American fuel is good for your operation and good for the country.

Propane Can Do That.

Thanks for checking in! In my next entry, I’ll talk about Propane’s many uses for landscaping, golf courses, office complexes and large communities.

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Harold F. Sweet
Superior Plus Propane
PA Propane Gas Association President

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Welcome to The President’s Blog

Welcome to The President’s Blog, featuring PAPGA President Harold F. Sweet

Harold F. Sweet

Hello and welcome to my 1st blog entry.  I hope you check back often to read my latest entry!

Sometimes it’s hard for Pennsylvanians to keep up with all of the new products and changing prices in our industry. Great service and value from your propane marketer can save you money and time over the long haul. If you are happy with your present marketer and the price of propane (even if it’s a few cents higher) then you have true peace of mind, which is the best place to be. 

PROPANE SCHOOL BUSES 101

Are your children riding on a propane school bus? Think about how much time they spend on a school bus. While many students take the bus every weekday, we don’t often talk about the quality of their buses, or how buses affect learning – or, our communities.  School buses powered by clean, American propane aren’t new to the scene and school districts are quickly choosing propane over diesel. Why?

It’s Cleaner – much, much cleaner. Picture the height of a younger student compared to the height of a bus tailpipe. That student typically faces a cloud of diesel smoke, inhaling harmful diesel particulate matter. The particulate matter in diesel exhaust is an identified carcinogen (or, capable of causing cancer) that also aggravates asthma and other breathing issues.

It Saves Money – money that can go right back into your student’s classroom. Modern diesel buses can drain a transportation department’s budget due to the extra components required to keep them operating cleanly, on top of generally higher fuel costs. Propane is already a low-emissions fuel, and doesn’t require schools to pay for these extra components. Historically, propane also costs less at the pump than diesel, even as fuel prices fluctuate.

It’s Quieter – with propane, loud, smelly school buses are a thing of the past. Propane engines operate noticeably quieter than diesel, which has a significant impact on students’ safety. In a quieter bus, the driver can concentrate – on the road ahead, and on their passengers.  On top of improving safety, propane buses provide a calm start to the school day to help students pay better attention in the classroom.

Safety & Propane Buses – propane buses have been trusted for their safety since the 1980’s. Like conventionally fueled buses, they meet rigorous U.S. FMVSS and Canadian CMVSS motor vehicle safety standards. The fuel also does not ignite easily — 940 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to 500 degrees for gasoline. Propane is an approved fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act; it’s non-poisonous to humans and non-toxic to the environment. It poses no harm to groundwater, surface water, or soil.

You can play an important role in your districts decision by making your voice heard. Even if your district isn’t looking to change buses soon, your voice will make a difference when the time comes. Talking to your school about switching to propane buses could be as easy as emailing or writing a letter to your district’s transportation office.

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Harold Sweet