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Propane Shortage
10:50 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Spike In Propane Price Worries Midwest Farmers

Weeks of subzero temperatures have depleted farmer Phil Borgic’s winter supply of liquid propane.
Credit Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter. But it’s not just homes in rural counties that are lacking adequate heating fuel. Farms that put bacon and eggs on your breakfast plate are also feeling the supply pinch. 

Hog farmer Phil Borgic of Nokomis, Ill., burns liquid propane – LP - from September through May to support his piglets. His farrowing barn goes through about two semi truckloads of LP each year. 

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