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A propane shortage could affect the food on your table


Wet crops and a propane shortage are raising concerns for some eastern Iowa farmers.

Propane is used for drying wet crops, but delayed propane deliveries in the state and across the Midwest is making it difficult for farmers.

Some farmers say it could affect the food on your table.

"You're going to get less local food," said Bill Rieckhoff who farms about 8 miles west of Cedar Rapids.

He says he went into farming because of his interest in local food, but due to the shortage locally-grown food could potentially be impacted. 

"We're one of the few in this area that grow during the shoulder season and the winter time," said Rieckhoff. "So, if propane gets too expensive we're going to have to make business decisions either not to grow or not to heat the green houses."

Thursday, Governor Terry Branstad extended an executive order regarding transporting propane.

The order allows extended hours that propane delivery drivers can transport the gas.


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