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Fuel the Farm and Unfreeze the Football Field

Growing Your Food (and Wine!) Supply 

Over half of the crops used and consumed by the United States is grown in California. As emissions regulations rise for local and statewide farmers, many are turning to propane as a viable, cleaner air solution to power their crop growing equipment. Eight California producers participated in a 2014 research study performed by the Propane Education and Research Council by installing propane engines to irrigate crops such as wine grapes, rice, nuts, fruits and vegetables. The growers found savings not only in their pockets but also with their time. They reported reduced fuel costs of anywhere from 30% to 70% when compared to their diesel engines and commented that, because the propane engines are less expensive to operate, they were able to run them more often and for longer periods of time. 

The NFL Uses Propane Just Like You 

Have you ever wondered how some teams can play football in some of the coldest temperatures of the year? Teams like the Green Bay Packers, the Baltimore Ravens, the Denver Broncos, and the Philadelphia Eagles, just to name a few, all have home fields in climates where snow and freezing conditions are not uncommon. In an article written a few years back by Popular Mechanics we found out the source of a sideline full of warm players and coaches is none other than PROPANE! Heat benches manufactured in fiberglass are equipped with blowers powered by propane. These emit warm air through the hollow fiberglass to keep players' backsides warm. Some designs also offer a standing tray that will allow warm air to blow up the players' parkas. Also included are posts on which players can rest their helmets to keep the interior warm. Just one of many ways propane is used for more than barbecuing on game day!

Posted on Oct 06, 2017