Updated: 02/05/2014 10:35 PM
Created: 02/04/2014 4:01 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Minnesota farmers are being asked by the state to consider selling any surplus propane they have back to suppliers.
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and the Minnesota Propane Association hope the move will help address the shortage of propane affecting Minnesota farmers and homeowners due to the cold winter weather.
Commissioner Frederickson says propane is running critically short for many Minnesotans who need it. “We hope to minimize the impact of this crisis by encouraging farmers to voluntarily make any excess propane they may have in storage available to others,” said Frederickson.
Minnesota Propane Association Executive Director Roger Leider says some propane suppliers in the state have been contacted by farmers and members of the commercial grain industry who want to help. “Many of them have stored propane available for resale,” said Leider. “I understand some pumping of on-farm storage tanks has already begun.”
Minnesotans with questions about the current propane situation or who may need heating assistance should call (800) 657-3504 in Greater Minnesota or (651) 297-1304 in the Twin Cities. The hotline is operational from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.