The Services of Rural System
While products are well known and easy to list, the services of Rural System have often been provided by state and federal agencies. Many of these services have been delayed, insufficient, and inadequate. Some have lead to high productivity in falling markets and thus financial ruin. Many services formerly performed have been removed in changing administrations, regulations, laws, and policies. Governmental startup has matured into private activity in the best forms of American entrepreneurship and capitalism.
Rural System exists to operate, to perform services, especially those that benefit from research results and that can utilize the power of the computer, the Internet, and other high technology. We can demonstrate the advantages of simulation and optimization, moving us all to the positive side of the economic "margin."
We know about ecological services (see source at bottom (2014)and how to protect them, restore those lost, and safely exploit them.
The services we offer (in the groupings now used, and with links to descriptions) are as follows (we suggest using "Find" under the Edit tab at the edge of the screen to search for key words):
If you cannot find the service(s) needed, please be sure to email us (tap the image). We are growing and we have many contacts and colleagues who might meet your needs.
Notes on Service Units
In addition to producing things, land also provides services such as retaining water, decomposing waste, and cooling air. It provides options for the future which may be services but also provides the production itself, the action of producing the "product units." We call the variety of services, functions, or processes (all verbs) service units. They are rate- and area-related but always have a nominal product unit as their fundamental measure. We know a "condition" at a specific time by its product units) resulting from service units.
A built structure (e.g., a bridge, a warehouse) may provide services.
Harvey(1979:450) recognizing 10 services, said, minizing concepts, "these are extremely broad categories because they include all the values that people have placed upon the land."
See ecological services article 2014 at http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/issues/view.php?sf=63
Revisions: September 14, 2004;1-6-2013