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    Propane Irrigation Engines Reduce Fuel Consumption, Improve Efficiency

     Commodity Classic features CARB- and EPA-certified engine and purchase programs

     WASHINGTON (February 24, 2014) — Producers looking to increase the efficiency of their farming operations are invited to preview the latest propane-powered technology and incentive programs from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) at Commodity Classic, February 27-March 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

    Clean, American-made propane helped hundreds of producers improve efficiencies and reduce fuel consumption in their farm operations last year. In 2013, PERC distributed more than $627,000 to producers in 27 states through its Propane Farm Incentive Program. The program awards producers $400 per liter of engine displacement, up to $5,000, to purchase and demonstrate new propane engines. According to recent PERC research, past incentive program participants reported that propane irrigation engines reduced fuel consumption by as much as 36 percent per hour compared with similar diesel engines.

    “The Propane Farm Incentive Program makes it even more affordable for farmers to try new fuel-efficient propane technologies,” Mark Leitman, PERC director of business and marketing, said. “PERC works directly with original equipment manufacturers to develop technology that is as efficient as possible, and our incentive programs offer additional savings for farmers looking to upgrade.” 

    PERC, located in booth 8074, will display the new EPA-certified 8.0-liter Origin irrigation engine by Buck’s Engine Company. PERC is encouraging producers to sign up for the Propane Farm Incentive Program and put this technology to work for them at a reduced cost. Farmers can also explore other fuel efficient technology eligible for purchase incentives, including grain dryers, ag heaters, weed control technology, and additional irrigation engines.

    “The 8.0-liter Origin engine qualifies for a $3,200 incentive through the PERC incentive,” Leitman said. “In return PERC asks the producer to record and submit engine performance data for just one year.”

    Producers who visit PERC at Commodity Classic and sign up to receive PERC’s new ag-focused e-newsletter will receive a free coffee tumbler and be entered for to win a Keurig coffee maker. Free coffee will be available while producers learn more about PERC’s incentive programs and equipment from qualified representatives and OEMs.

    Visit for more information about PERC incentive programs and a list of eligible equipment. For more information on Commodity Classic, visit