The papers presented at the symposium were arranged in 6 major sessions and 4 keynote address sessions. The session on transportation of agricultural commodities for international trade found that published research in this area was limited and largely theoretical in nature. Papers in the session on the impacts of transportation regulation on agriculture dealt mostly with trucking. It was found that good trucking performance has resulted from the hauling of agricultural commodities which are exempt. The impacts of transportation regulation on agriculture was covered and it was suggested that the economies of size in trucking and quality and cost of trucking services provided by both exempt and regulated truckers, need to be researched. Extensive research on the relationships among people, commodity and service transport systems and the potential for rural development were lacking. Research papers in the session on the economies of freight transportation in low density rural areas, provided a full coverage of this area, from the measurement of the potential extent of the excess rail line capacity problem to the presentation of suggested methods on how capacity adjustment impacts may be estimated. Analyses of changes in the energy situation suggest an adverse income effect on rural people from increased fuel prices. The adequacy of research in transportation problems affecting agriculture and rural areas was also discussed.... harvest haul maps Off-road vehicle use plan map Alternate road system proposals Road and trail maintenance costs Haul cost analysis ... These three indicators of efficiency of operation can be calculated for any network or road system either manually or by a computer. ... There is no logical reason to use the computer to analyze a network for an area which has one timber sale, one sawmill, and onlyanbsp;...
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