The Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century gave rise to dense population cores. Within these cores, decision making and resource allocation became strongly dependent on the rapid exchange of information. However, intense activity within commercial/industrial cores has led to problems of pollution and congestion that can be neutralized only through the reallocation of resources over less densely populated geographical areas, requiring the development of networks to ensure short cycle times of information. One such network is the AGNET system developed by the University of Nebraska for the rapid exchange of agricultural management information to farmers, agricultural lenders, equipment manufacturers, and exporters of agricultural commodities. AGNET provides electronic mail capabilities and rapid dissemination of supply/demand information for crops and livestock. Linked to the US Foreign Agricultural Service, AGNET allows exporters direct access to agricultural trade opportunities.
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