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A grain dryer grant program launched in Alberta last year proved popular, using up all of its $2-million funding allotment. Now Ottawa is rolling out a $50-million federal version.

New federal grain dryer grant program about to launch

Indications are the new $50-million program will look a lot like one launched in Alberta last year

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers can start submitting applications this month for a federal program that will cover half of the cost of more energy-efficient grain dryers. Ottawa has set aside $50 million for the so-called “adoption stream” of its $166-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program. Another $10 million will be offered for “powering farms with clean energy and moving off […] Read more

“It’s not a matter of if your grain dryer catches on fire — it’s a matter of when,” says Richard Hoppins, Trochu’s fire chief and a producer himself.

Don’t let your grain dryer become a grain fryer

A few quick, simple measures can prevent your dryer — and your grain — from going up in smoke

Reading Time: 5 minutes Every harvest — and especially in recent years — grain dryers across Alberta are put into action. But the busy season doesn’t leave time for the care and maintenance to reduce the risk of fire when these units are working flat out. Although it’s impossible to completely eliminate fire risk with anything that creates heat, […] Read more








The FEAP Program shares costs for components of a new grain dryer or when retrofitting components for an existing dryer.

Provincial funding available for grain dryer upgrades

Program covers costs of high-efficiency components in existing or new models, and is retroactive

Reading Time: < 1 minute Grants are still available for upgrading components of grain dryers to high-efficiency models. The Farm Energy and Agri-Processors (FEAP) Program shares costs for components of a new dryer or when retrofitting components of an existing dryer, said Katherine Rogers, energy extension co-ordinator with Alberta Agriculture. “For retrofit grain dryer components, eligibility is determined on a […] Read more

Demand for propane for grain drying has more than doubled this fall.

Propane demand for grain dryers surges amidst wet harvest

Use is 2-1/2 times higher than normal as producers struggle to dry their high-moisture grain

Reading Time: 2 minutes This year’s wet harvest is driving up demand for propane needed to run grain dryers. “Normally the propane sector is totally able to meet the demand but this year, the demand is 2-1/2 times what it usually is in the fall,” said Nathalie St-Pierre, president of the Canadian Propane Association. “There’s a lot of pressure […] Read more