U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, joined House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatlory Commision (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee. The letter calls attention to the situation farmers and rural residents are facing in light of the shortage of propane throughout the Midwest.

I have heard from farmers in my district who are already facing a delayed harvest due to the weather and now are struggling to dry their crop due to a shortage of propane,” Rep. Axne said. “I appreciate the steps that Governor Reynolds and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have taken to address this shortage and we must do everything we can do to ensure our farmers and rural residents have access to a continued supply of propane.”

The letter aims to ensure that FERC is aware that farmers and grain elevator operators are dealing with propane shortages while trying to finish harvest and prepare grain for storage.  This is happening as below normal temperatures have arrived early and residential use of propane is also increasing.

A copy of the letter can be found here.