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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1963. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1963, the author. Used by permission.


This study attempts to describe and analyze the transportation system employed in the movement of farm supplies into the Northern Great Plains States. This is a broad field of endeavor and no attempt has been made to do an exhaustive or definitive study. This breaking new ground, and it is hoped that other researchers may continue where this study ends. The objectives are:

(1) An analysis of consumption and expenditure trends for farm supplies in the Northern Great Plains.

(2) A determination of the relative importance of each type of carrier from the standpoint of volume of supplies carried and the change which has occurred in the position of each in recent years.

(3) An analysis of the relative costs of transport and the rates being charged by the different carriers.

(4) A determination of the differences in services performed by each of the carriers involved.

(5) A study of the way in which transportation costs and services have affected the location of supply producers.

(6) An overall evaluation of the transportation system with regard to costs and services with suggestions for possible improvements.

(7) Suggestions for possible areas in which future transportation research is needed

Advisor: James G. Kendrick