Keep drying records and earn money
You can get $5,000 toward the purchase of a new, energy-efficient grain dryer if you’re willing to keep records on use and performance of the dryer for a year. Mark Leitman says funds are still available. It’s called the Propane Farm Incentive Program.
Leitman is director of marketing and business development for the Propane Education and Research Council. PERC is a Washington, D.C.-based group funded by checkoff dollars collected at the retail level in the propane industry.
Both GSI Group and Mathews Co. offer dryers that are more efficient than past models, Leitman notes. Other companies may have some models, as well.
• Apply for $5,000 to purchase a more-efficient grain dryer.
• Propane checkoff promotes research and education — no lobbying is allowed.
• Keeping records is required to earn the $5,000 payment.
“The goal is to help farmers purchase more efficient drying equipment, and to learn about these more efficient systems through farmers’ records,” Leitman says.
Applying for the program is simple. Fill out the application forms. Determine if the dryer you’re looking at buying would qualify for the incentive program.
How it works
If you qualify for the program and buy the dryer, you get two-thirds of the $5,000 upfront to help fund the purchase, Leitman says. The final third is available after you complete and forward records for one year’s worth of drying grain.
What type of records do you need? It’s spelled out in more detail on the websites, but Leitman says chief parameters they want to look at include overall fuel use, hours of use, bushels dried, amount of water removed, cost per gallon and cost per bushel. PERC wants to know about any maintenance issues, as well.
“Our goal is to improve the whole experience of drying grain with propane,” he says. “We also collect information so we can look at issues that might help improve efficiency even more in the future.”
This article published in the August, 2014 edition of INDIANA PRAIRIE FARMER.
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