Tight Propane Supplies Affecting Agricultural Production
Washington--Several factors are behind the current propane shortage, noted Andrew Walmsley, AFBF's environment and energy policy specialist, in Tuesday's Newsline. Last fall's large corn harvest combined with relatively wet weather drew down propane supplies. At the same time, infrastructure realignments in the propane industry had led to some pipelines being taken out of service. Re-routing of propane shipped by train has also been a factor, along with an increase in propane exports.
As unusually cold temperatures have lingered, the propane shortage has been of concern to many livestock farmers, especially those raising chickens and hogs indoors.