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March 27, 2013
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  • Texas farmer uses propane-powered machine to keep peaches warm
    Texas peach farmer Russ Studebaker is using burning hay and a 50-foot-tall propane-powered wind machine to keep his crops warm. Temperatures in the area have dipped below freezing this month, and Studebaker has gotten creative to protect his crops. "We'll use that heat from the hay and use a helicopter, and a wind machine to push the inversion layer back down into the orchard. It revolves every four and a half minutes. It pushes air around the orchard from a tower," he said. KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Landscapers, nurseries try to adapt to changing temps
    Nurseries and outdoor landscaping work have taken a hit with the recent cold weather in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. But not all are suffering. Steel City Landscape in Pittsburgh sees more demand for snow removal, which could help offset its loss on landscaping jobs, according to Mark Purcell, the company's president. Carl Sickles from Affordable Landscaping in Morgantown, W.Va., said the weather has brought more work and income for his plowing crews. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (3/24), WDTV-TV (Bridgeport, W.Va.) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PSI develops autogas, CNG powertrains for GM engines
    Power Solutions International has developed propane autogas and compressed natural gas powertrains for General Motors' 4.8- and 6.0-liter engines. "There are many exciting opportunities for alternative fuel engines, [and] we now have an extensive power system lineup to pursue these opportunities," said PSI CEO Gary Winemaster. The technology is intended for the medium-duty truck and bus markets. NGT News (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Del. town requires residents to anchor propane storage tanks
    The town of Fenwick Island, Del., recently passed an ordinance requiring all residents to anchor outside propane tanks that exceed 25 pounds and are not situated higher than base flood elevation. "This is particular to Superstorm Sandy, when there was a lot of floating debris not anchored to the ground and floating onto different properties," said Councilman Bill Weistling, who chairs the Charter and Ordinance Committee. He advised residents to contact their service providers to do the job, as "it is a little difficult for a homeowner to do." The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (tiered subscription model) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA establishes panel to assess fracking impact report
    The Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board has established a panel of 31 experts and academics to help assess the agency's report about hydraulic fracturing's potential effects on drinking water. "We have worked to ensure that the study process be open and transparent throughout, and the SAB panel is another example of our approach of openness and scientific rigor," said Bob Perciasepe, the agency's acting administrator. The Hill/RegWatch blog (3/25), ICIS News (U.K.) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • Free Brochure on PERC's Farm Equipment Incentive Program
    A free brochure that highlights the financial incentives available to farmers purchasing propane-fueled equipment can be downloaded from the Propane MaRC. The "Fuel Your Growing Season With Propane" brochure explains how farmers can earn as much as $5,000 for purchasing irrigation engines, grain dryers and other equipment, and reporting to PERC on the real-world performance of the equipment. Use as a leave behind or handout. Learn more and download the brochure. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Autogas Dispenser Spec Sheet Available
    Marketers growing their propane autogas business can find the free Propane Autogas Dispenser Specifications document on the Propane MaRC from the Propane Education & Research Council. The two-page guide provides PERC's requirements on the installation and use of autogas dispensing equipment. It spells out both equipment and system performance requirements. Find the specs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Strategic planners shouldn't act like they know the future
    Strategic planning shouldn't be an attempt to decide in advance every action your company will take, writes Art Petty. Instead, it should be an attempt to make reasonable forecasts while incorporating flexibility and adaptability into your company's plans. "[B]uild the systems and processes to incorporate learning, constantly refresh forecasts and push the planning forward," Petty writes. (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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