Dalrymple Urges Propane Suppliers to Support North Dakota Farmers
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple is encouraging companies that supply propane to North Dakota to do everything they can to get product to the state’s farmers who are dealing with propane shortages. The Governor’s Office has contacted Kinder Morgan and CHS to strongly encourage them to mobilize all available supplies of propane, which are used to dry crops including corn, grain and sunflowers. The propane shortage across the Midwest has been driven by both supply disruptions and unusually high demand as a result of the late start to the planting season this spring combined with a wet harvest.
“Agriculture is North Dakota’s leading industry, employing roughly one quarter of our workforce. The weather this year has proven difficult on farmers making it especially important for the energy and agriculture industries work together to ensure high-quality crops,” Dalrymple said. “As a farmer, I know all too well the need to dry grain and other crops. It is our hope that the propane suppliers will do all they can to provide product during this critical time.”
Last week, Dalrymple signed an executive order extending hours of service for drivers supplying propane, gasoline and diesel fuel to retail suppliers. This extension was based on the shortage and the fact that delivery drivers are driving further to obtain propane and waiting longer to fill, which limits their ability to transport product. Suppliers have said that this order and similar orders were signed by governors of other Midwestern states has helped facilitate increased supplies to the region.