Unusually cold winters lead to propane shortages for chicken farmers

Despite losing some members after last year's propane shortage, The Alabama Contract Poultry Growers Association continues it's relation with UPG Propane.(Source: WAFF)
Despite losing some members after last year's propane shortage, The Alabama Contract Poultry Growers Association continues it's relation with UPG Propane.(Source: WAFF)

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The unusually cold winter last year brought an extreme demand for propane to chicken farmers in the area.

Many chicken farmers lost chickens or were not allowed to get more due to the propane shortages. They said a lot of work has gone into the off season to be prepared for this year and years down the road.

Despite losing some members after last year's propane shortage, The Alabama Contract Poultry Growers Association continues it's relation with UPG Propane.

Association President Jonathan Buttram said the company has increased it's storage facilities in nearby Mississippi and has been hauling during the summer to keep a high level of reserves.

Buttram said the price at UPG is about 1.28 cents per gallon, while others are locking in at just over a $1.50 per gallon.

Buttram hopes that will lead growers back to the association.

"We're just trying to supply the poultry growers with cheap propane and at the same time the company UPG came down here." said Buttram. "It caused competition in the market so it lowered the price for everyone's house."

Buttram said the company has also added additional suppliers and trucks this year.

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