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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1967. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1967, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this study was to devise a theoretical framework which would provide an economic basis for decisions regarding the reinvesting in or the relocation of beet sugar processing plants in the Central Sugar Beet Region.The specific objectives of this study were:

  1. To describe the general characteristics and structure of the beet sugar processing industry by briefly appraising the supply and demand situation facing the industry and briefly describing and appraising the performance of the industry under government protection and control.

  2. To devise a theoretical model which would aid in the decision to reinvest in equipment or to relocate sugar beet processing plants.

  3. To show the implications of this study by applying the model to a descriptive analysis of three hypothetical case plants.

  4. To summarize and draw conclusions as to how the study relates to alternative methods of adding plant capacity in the Central Sugar Beet production and processing region.

This study had the overall, broader intent of presenting an overview of the central beet sugar processing region on which other studies directed at further analyzing specific aspects of the Central Beet Sugar processing region can be based.

Due to the difficulty of obtaining current information on the detailed costs of operating beet sugar processing plants from processors or from government agencies in possession of such information, this study was based primarily on secondary data and is primarily a descriptive study.

Advisor: Glen J. Vollmar