Propane’s Role in the Evolving Ag Energy Landscape

Published online: Apr 15, 2021 Articles, Irrigation
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The Propane Education & Research Council hosted an online panel to discuss the future of the agriculture and energy industries, what new emissions standards or government regulations could mean for farmers across the country, and the unique benefits that propane-powered equipment offers producers.

In this “Evolving Energy Landscape” video, PERC Director of Agriculture Business Development Mike Newland, Director of Technical Communications Jeremy Wishart, and California-based almond Grower Alex Adams address questions and concerns from producers, including Adams’ own experience using propane on his farm, and why propane is a leader in the clean energy revolution. The discussion was originally shared as part of the 2021 virtual World Ag Expo, but is now available to view at

As an approved alternative fuel under the Clean Air Act of 1990, propane makes it easy for producers to meet all Tier 4 Standards and EPA regulations. In fact, propane produces 43 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than using an equivalent amount of electricity generated from the U.S. grid system, 24 percent fewer emissions than gasoline, and 11 percent fewer emissions than diesel engines. 

“As producers across the country begin to focus more on environmental concerns or meeting stricter emissions requirements, we felt this was a very important conversation to have,” said Mike Newland, director of agriculture business development at PERC. “Propane has several key advantages over other energy sources, some of which producers might already be familiar with, but others they might not. We are excited to share this discussion and look forward to continuing this conversation as these industries evolve.”

For more information about the Propane Education & Research Council and to learn more about the different types of propane-powered equipment available to the agriculture industry, visit