Truckers take aim at propane shortage

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Oct 30, 2013 at 6:52 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A major distributor of propane in the Midwest says it's bringing in truckers from around the country to try to tackle a shortage of the gas in the region.

CHS Inc. propane marketing manager Matt Kumm says that peak harvesting times usually are staggered throughout the Midwest, but that didn't happen this year. He says the infrastructure isn't built to handle that extreme of a demand over such a short time period.

Farmers and grain elevators use propane to dry crops that come off the field too wet to store properly. Governors from states across the Midwest including North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota have signed executive orders extending operating hours for propane truckers.

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