Winter fuel price outlook a bit frosty

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Every year about this time, our thoughts turn to the beauty of the changing of the seasons.
It also makes farmers think about plans and preparations of the harvest season and winter feeding season ahead.
Those who are filling their heating oil tanks have noticed the high price of fuel. Obviously diesel fuel prices are high adding to the cost of harvesting of hay, corn and soybeans in the area. For poultry growers the high LP (liquid propane) fuel prices are an ongoing issue in poultry production.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that the 2004-2005 winter will be a mild El Nino event. The Ohio Valley can expect lower-than-average temperatures and drier than normal.
Consumers paying more. United States Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration is calling for the following increases in consumer fuel expenditures:

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