The purpose of the Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy is to expand publication opportunities for scholars to disseminate research that has the potential to benefit rural communities. The journal is a peer-reviewed, online publication. It publishes academic and community-based research, commentary, and policy articles focused on rural places and spaces. We encourage the submission of works examining the Great Plains in a way that is of interest to both academic and community audiences. The goal is not only to present theory, but to stimulate discussion, encourage more research on rural issues, and improve access to information that promotes decision-making that enhances rural people and places.