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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1955. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1955, the author. Used by permission.


The problem which this survey attempted to answer was how the price estimates in Nebraska could be improved.This is not to imply that such estimates were known to need improvement. This was not necessarily true.However, few undertakings of man are beyond improvement and the type of data collected by this survey has never been available prior to this time.

The problem is further subdivided: (1) estimates of the average prices which farmers receive for the products that they sell. The main problem in this area was whether or not the channels which Nebraska farmers utilize in marketing their products were properly represented in the price estimates being made. (2) estimates of average prices which farmers pay for the supplies which they must buy for production or living purposes.In this phase of the work it was not known what types of sellers were of primary importance or where they were located.In order to arrive at representative estimates, all important types of sellers should be included in the correct proportions.

To find an answer to this problem, or group of related problems, the survey was devised to fulfill the following purposes:

For Prices Received –

  1. To discover the kind of dealers and marketing channels through which farmers sell their products.

  2. To discover at what point sales are made (i.e., the price basing point).

  3. To aid in improving samples of reporters and to provide names of reporters.

For Prices Paid –

  1. To learn the extent to which different classes of commodities are bought through independent, chain, mail-order, cooperatives, and other types of stores and sources as a step toward constructing an Index of Prices Paid by Nebraska Farmers that would represent prices paid at all important outlets through which famers buy supplies.

  2. To improve the sample design and weighting procedure used in compiling prices-paid data through better knowledge of the retail channels patronized by farmers.

Advisor: B. Ralph Stauber