Propane shortage battle heats up for local growers

    10:52 PM, Feb 7, 2014   |    comments
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    CLINTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Along an icy road in Clinton, Arkansas lies a farm owned by the Peters family. Over the past month, concerns about their propane prices have grown.

    "Well we're really concerned. Right now we're not in full operation but when we do, it's going to be a lot more expensive than what we were looking at last year," explained Chris Peters.

    A combination of a nationwide propane shortage and demand are leading to higher prices and affecting growers across the country. Part of the problem is an unusually cold and long-lasting winter.

    "I can't remember it being this cold this late," Peters added. For the Peters family, the price of propane has doubled since last year. "That makes us nervous, we don't want to have to raise our prices."

    But, it is a harsh reality that the price you pay for fruits and plants could be more expensive in the near future.

    "It's a struggle to have to ask people to pay more, but it seems like things are constantly getting higher," Peters added.

    The farm usually operates three greenhouses, but for now, they are using just one to conserve and keep other bills down.

    U.S. Senators from Arkansas, John Boozman and Mark Pryor, and several of their colleagues are urging the President to provide continued regulatory relief and assistance to those impacted by the propane shortage.

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