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USDA Grant helps farmers use less propane

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin farmers can get some help paying for more efficient grain dryers that use less propane.

The increased use of propane in grain dryers was one of the main causes of this winters statewide propane shortage.
   
Now, grants from the USDA are available to farmers to cover up to 25% of the cost of new, more energy efficient dryers in hopes of preventing shortages in the future.

Jim Holte, President of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says, "Certainly with the challenges with propane last fall and winter, heightened peoples awareness and just like homeowners being interested in using fuel and efficiently as they can, farmers have the same interests and when we all do that its easier for the fuel available to be a little better priced."

The USDA says the new grain dryer systems can save more than 5,700 gallons of propane for every 10,000 bushels of corn dried.

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