During recent years we have begun to expect increases in prices that farmers pay for inputs. Rising costs of production have adversely affected the profits of many farming operations. The greatest relative change in prices has been in interest rates, but since 1972, and particularly since 1978, energy costs have exhibited a steep climb, as shown in Figure 1 (USDA, p. 427). Energy inputs such as LP gas, which is used heavily by the poultry industry, have shown particularly larger increases. The LP gas price paid by farmers nationwide rose from 38.9 cents per gallon in 1977 to 69.7 cents per gallon in 1981, a 79 percent increase (USDA, p. 422).