Agricultural Economics Department
The discussion here presented undertakes to give a simple, non-technical explanation of the nature of the farmer's freight rate problem. It is designed for use by farmers, high school students, and others who are not attempting to go into the matter exhaustively. The conclusions here expressed in simple language are, however, based upon a rather extensive and complex study of the problem which has been in progress for two years and is too lengthy for publication in bulletin form. The effects of given rate changes are different for each product and the specific results of such changes can only be shown by separate studies of the various products. In view of the fact that many complicated relationships are involved, most of which have as yet been little studied, one of the simplest of the cases-that of potatoes-has been taken in the present study. Similar studies for other products are needed. More accurate results will be obtainable when statistics relative to volumes of production, prices, and farmers' responses to prices are better and more complete than they now are.
rail road charges, trains, agriculture marketing
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts
Benedict, M.R., "Freight Rates and the South Dakota Farmer" (1932). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 269.