The Midwestern states of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and South Dakota are significant contributors to the United States agricultural economy. Together these states export commodities valued at $259 billion annually, or almost 6 percent of commodities produced within the United States (1993 Commodity Flow Survey), while making up only 3.9 percent of the population. Because these Midwest states can also be characterized as rural, the motor carrier industry is of particular importance, providing an integral link between producers and their markets. Seventy-seven percent of all commodities originating in the region are transported by truck.
Midwest Mainstreaming Consortium
Center for Transportation Research and Education, Iowa State University, "Midwest CVO Mainstreaming: Regional ITS/CVO Coordination Plan" (1998). InTrans Project Reports. 26.