State Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says the state is concerned about how rising propane prices will affect Nebraska farmers.
Propane, under two dollars per gallon a year ago, has topped four dollars.
“We’re hoping that this is a short-term problem,” Ibach says. “But, still the impact with prices sky-rocketing to record levels is a big issue.”
Ibach worries about the spike in propane prices. Yet, Ibach says a different worry plagues our northern neighbors.
“In other states to the north of us they actually have shortages that they feel may impact their ability to supply some of agriculture as well as domestic needs in a short term basis,” according to Ibach.
The United States Energy Information Administration reports the price of propane in Nebraska on December 23rd of last year was $1.876/gallon. It rose to $2.005/gallon on the 20th of this month and spiked to $4.073 seven days later.
The huge jump has affected agricultural operations as well as families which rely on propane to heat their homes. Agricultural officials say poultry producers have been especially hit hard.