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Editors

Editor-in-Chief: John J. Green, University of Mississippi
Managing Editor: Elizabeth Young Sweeney, University of Mississippi
 

The Journal of Rural Social Sciences (JRSS) is the official peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Rural Sociological Association. JRSS is focused on disseminating scholarly works that build knowledge and have the potential to inform development practice and policy across social, economic, cultural, and environmental domains.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.

Archived past issues of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences can be found here: Past Issues

Recent Content

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Southern Rural Sociological Association Statement on the 2020 Census
Southern Rural Sociological Association Officers

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Prospects for Commercialization among Smallholder Farmers in South Africa: A Case Study
Christopher Ugochukwu Nwafor and Carlu van der Westhuizen

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Satisfaction Among Ecological Management Workers
Theodore D. Fuller and Donald J. Shoemaker

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Our Authors
James H. Copp

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Acknowledgement
James H. Copp

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Engaging Rural Nevadans in Participatory Research to Explore and Explain the Community Food and Physical Activity Context
Anne R. Lindsay, Courtney Coughenour, Holly Gatzke, Juliana Baker-Tingey, Steve Lewis, Mihaela A. Ciulei, Katherine Gunter, and Deborah H. John

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Use of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) in a Rural Outreach Program for Military Veterans
Michelle M. Hilgeman, Eugenia M. Boozer, A. Lynn Snow, Rebecca S. Allen, and Lori L. Davis

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An Examination of the Characteristics and Perceptions of School Resource Officers in Rural and Urban Oklahoma Schools
Valerie H. Hunt, Melissa A. Taylor, Brett Fitzgerald, Eric D. Button, and Brinck Kerr

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Marshallese Migrants and Poultry Processing
Jin Young Choi and Douglas H. Constance

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Heterogeneity of Rural Consumer Perceptions of Health Service Access Across Four Regions of Victoria
Daniel Terry, Kaye Ervin, Alan Crouch, Kristen Glenister, and Lisa Bourke

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Another Look at Likert Scales
Fern K. Willits, Gene L. Theodori, and A. E. Luloff

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Public Intercept Interviews and Surveys for Gathering Place-Based Perceptions: Observations from Community Water Research in Utah
Courtney G. Flint, Charles Mascher, Zack Oldroyd, Phillip Andre Valle, Elizabeth Wynn, Quinton Cannon, Alexander Brown, and Bethany Unger

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The Case for Personal Interaction: Drop-Off/Pick-Up Methodology for Survey Research
Carla Koons Trentelman, Jessica Irwin, Kyle A. Petersen, Nallely Ruiz, and Caitlin S. Szalay

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Effectiveness of the Drop-Off/Pick-Up Survey Methodology in Different Neighborhood Types
Douglas Jackson-Smith, Courtney G. Flint, Mallory Dolan, Carla K. Trentelman, Grant Holyoak, Blake Thomas, and Guizen Ma

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Mixed-Mode Surveys Compared with Single Mode Surveys: Trends in Responses and Methods to Improve Completion
Virginia M. Lesser, Lydia D. Newton, Daniel K. Yang, and Jean C. Sifneos

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Online and Offline Bullying Perpetration in a Rural Development Context: The Impact by Social Media Use
Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Gabriela Ksinan Jiskrova, Erin Kelley, and Albert Ksinan

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Do Rural School Resource Officers Contribute to Net-Widening? Evidence from a Southern State
David C. May, Raymond Barranco, Rick Ruddell, and Angela Robertson

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Toward Engagement in Climate Training: Findings from Interviews with Agricultural Extension Professionals
David C. Diehl, Nicole L. Sloan, Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez, Wendy-Lin Bartels, Daniel R. Dourte, Carrie Furman, and Clyde W. Fraisse

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Armed to Farm: Developing Training Programs For Military Veterans in Agriculture
Dan J. Donoghue, Harold L. Goodwin, Angela R. Mays, Komala Arsi, Margo Hale, Terrell Spencer, Michael O’Gorman, Shibu Jose, Ondieki J. Gekara, Joan M. Burke, and Ann M. Donoghue

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Rural Caregivers and Social Isolation: Some Properties and Dimensions
Ramon Hinojosa, Melanie Sberna Hinojosa, and Toni Chiara

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On Rural-Urban Differences in Human Capital Formation: Finding the ‘Bottlenecks’
Elton Mykerezi, Genti Kostandini, Jeffery L. Jordan, and Ilda Melo

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Examining Rural-Urban Population Change in the Southeastern United States
Buddhi Raj Gyawali, Anquinette Hill, Swagata “Ban” Banerjee, Duncan Chembezi, Colemore Christian, James Bukenya, and Maifan Silitonga

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Women of the River: Grassroots Organizing and Natural Disaster
Larry G. Morton, Samuel R. Terrazas, and Matthew G. Herriman

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Ruptured Identity of Male Farmers: Subjective Crisis and the Risk of Suicide
Anthony Hogan, Edward Scarr, Stewart Lockie, Brett Chant, and Sylvia Alston

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Partnering to Enable Active Rural Living: Pearl Project
Deborah H. John, Barbara McCahan, and Suzanne Gaulocher

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Imagination Enviro-Station: Students Connecting Students to Ecological Sustainability
David Burley, Natalie Shelton, Chris Daunis, Jessica Cuifi, Jamie Walker, Maria Coleman, and Bertha-Fabianna Matheu

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Addressing the Health Needs of Rural Native Veterans: Assessment and Recommendations
Tim D. Noe, Carol E. Kaufman, Elizabeth A. Brooks, Nancy K. Daily, Byron D. Bair, and Jay H. Shore

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Mental Health Status and Perceived Barriers to Seeking Treatment in Rural Reserve Component Veterans
Elizabeth A. Bennett, Michael Crabtree, Mary E. Schaffer, and Thomas W. Britt

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Transitioning to the Civilian Workforce: Issues Impacting the Reentry of Rural Women Veterans
Celia Renteria Szelwach, Jill Steinkogler, Ellen R. Badger, and Ria Muttukumaru

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Examination of Post-Service Health-Related Quality of Life Among Rural and Urban Military Members of the Millennium Cohort Study
Susan P. Proctor, Timothy S. Wells, Kelly A. Jones, Edward J. Boyco, and Tyler C. Smith

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Family Farming and Economic Cooperation: The Emergence and Decline of Agrarian Condominios in Southern Brazil
Flavio Sacco Dos Anjos, Eduardo Moyano Estrada, and Nadia Vellada Caldas

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An Analysis of Earned Income Tax Credit Filers and Earned Income Tax Credit Non-Filers in Rural Communities
Nii O. Tackie, Deborah Yeboah, Ntam Baharanyi, Robert Zabawa, Mudiayi Ngandu, Henry J. Findlay, and Eunice Bonsi

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Public Perception of Desalinated Produced Water From Oil and Gas Field Operations: A Replication
Gene L. Theodori, Mona Avalos, David B. Burnett, and John A. Veil

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Residents' Perceptions of Community and Environmental Impacts From Development of Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale: A Comparison of Pennsylvania and New York Cases
Kathryn J. Brasier, Matthew R. Filteau, Diane K. McLaughlin, Jeffrey Jacquet, Richard C. Stedman, Timothy W. Kelsey, and Stephan J. Goetz

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A Note on the Economy of Qualities: Attributing Production Practices to Agricultural Practices
B. James Deaton, Lawrence Busch, Warren J. Samuels, and Paul B. Thompson

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Spatial Contours of Potential Biomass Crop Production: An Examination of Variations by U.S. Region
Frank M. Howell, Jeremy R. Porter, Philip B. Mason, and Troy C. Blanchard

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How Farmers Learn: Implications for Agricultural Educators
Nancy Franz, Fred Piercy, Joseph Donaldson, Robert Richard, and Johnnie Westbrook

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Editors' Preface
Gene L. Theodori and Douglas H. Constance

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Assessing Introductory Rural Sociology
Joseph F. Donnermeyer and Benjamin Gray

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Rural Crime and Policing in American Indian Communities
L. Edward Wells and David N. Falcone

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Making Methamphetamine
Ralph Weisheit

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Toward a Rural Critical Criminology
Joseph F. Donnermeyer and Walter DeKeseredy

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Special Issue Editors' Notes
Daniel W. Phillips III and Steven F. Hundersmarck

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Bios of Contributors to this Special Issue
Anna M. Kleiner and John J. Green

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Attendance at Religious Meetings and Community Involvement
Gene L. Theodori and Chyrel A. Mayfield

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Barriers to Entry into the Specialty Red Meat Sector: The Role of Food Safety Regulation
Michelle R. Worosz, Andrew J. Knight, Craig K. Harris, and David S. Conner

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Slow Food Lessons in the Fast Food Midwest
Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, Christopher D. Merrett, William Maakestad, and Patrick McLaughlin

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Produce Sections, Town Squares, and Farm Stands: Comparing Local Food Systems in Community Context
Stephen Gasteyer, Sarah A. Hultine, Leslie R. Cooperband, and M. Patrick Curry

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Risk Perceptions After a Coal Waste Impoundment Failure: A Survey Assessment
Stephanie McSpirit, Shaunna Scott, Duane Gill, Sharon Hardesty, and Dewayne Sims

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Mississippi Business Environment Before and After Katrina: Challenges and Opportunities
Domenico Parisi, Steven Michael Grice, and Jed Pressgrove

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Accelerating Rural Growth Through Collective Action: Groups' Activities and Determinants of Participation in Southwestern Nigeria
Mure U. Agbonlahor, Oluwafemi S. Enilolobo, C. I. Sodiaya, Dare Akerele, and Joel T. Oke

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A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Community Attachment in Rural Romania
Natalia Buta, Mark A. Brennan, and Stephen M. Holland

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Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative: A Preliminary Evaluation of Unmet Health Care Needs
Lori L. Davis, Stefan G. Kertesz, Ann F. Mahaney-Price, Michelle Y. Martin, Kroshona D. Tabb, Kristin M. Pettey, Sandre F. McNeal, U. Shanette Granstaff, Karl Hamner, M. Paige Powell, Michelle M. Hilgeman, A. Lynn Snow, Marietta Stanton, Patricia Parmelee, Mark S. Litaker, and Mary T. Hawn

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Editor's Preface
D. Clayton Smith

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The Delta E-Commerce Connection: Preliminary Findings
Susan Watson, Ogbonnaya John Nwoha, Gary A. Kennedy, and Kenneth W. Rea

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Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development as a Rural Development Strategy
Kenneth L. Robinson, Wylin Dassie, and Ralph D. Christy

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New Opportunities for Social Research on Forest Landowners in the South
John Schelhas, Robert Zabawa, and Joseph J. Molnar

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Regional Comparisons of Timber Dependency: The Northwest and the Southeast
Joni F. Norton, Glenn R. Howze, and Laura J. Robinson

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Historical Analysis of Timber Dependency in Alabama
Glenn R. Howze, Laura J. Robinson, and Joni F. Norton

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Latinos in the South: A Glimpse of Ongoing Trends and Research
Rogelio Saenz, Katherine M. Donato, Lourdes Gouveia, and Cruz Torres

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Social Capital, Structural Conditions, and Mortality: A Study of Nonmetropolitan Counties in Mississippi
Domenico Parisi, Steven Michael Grice, Michael Taquino, and Duane A. Gill

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Southern Rural Family Economic Well-Being in the Context of Public Assistance
Bonnie Braun, Frances C. Lawrence, Patricia H. Dyk, and Maria Vandergriff-Avery

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The Impact of Welfare Reform on Rural Alabamians
David L. Klemmock, Lucinda Lee Roff, Debra Moehle McCallum, and John T. Stern

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TANF/Welfare Client Decline and Community Context in the Rural South, 1997-2000
Domenico Parisi, Diane K. McLaughlin, Michael Taquino, Steven Michael Grice, and Neil R. White

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Racial Disparities and Welfare Reform in Mississippi
Curtina Moreland-Young, Kristie Roberts, Jody Fields, and Royal Walker Jr.

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Time Limit and Sanction Effects of the Texas TANF Waiver
Tami Swenson, Steve White, and Steve Murdoch

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Food Security of Low-Income Single Parents in East Alabama: Use of Private and Public Programs in the Age of Welfare Reform
Patricia A. Duffy, Ginger Grayson Hallmark, Joseph J. Molnar, LaToya Claxton, Conner Bailey, and Steve Mikloucich

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Welfare, Work, and Well-Being in Metro and Nonmetro Louisiana
Joachim Singelmann, Theresa Davidson, and Rachel Reynolds

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Outdoor Recreation Constraints: An Examination of Race, Gender, and Rural Dwelling
Cassandra Y. Johnson, J. M. Bowker, and H. Ken Cordell

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Labor Use By Small-Scale Conventional and Sustainable Farmers in Tennessee
Fisseha Tegegne, Surendra P. Singh, Enefiok Ekanem, and Safdar Muhammad

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Migration in the Nonmetropolitan South
Mark Nord and John Cromartie

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Labor Supply and Underemployment in the Southern United States
Leif Jensen, Jill L. Findeis, and Qiuyan Wang

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Editor's Note
Glenn D. Israel

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Social and Demographic Influences on Environmental Attitudes
MaryBe McMillan, Thomas J. Hoban, William B. Clifford, and Margaret R. Brant

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Solid Waste Management and the Need for Effective Public Participation
Catherine A. Solheim, Charles E. Faupel, and Conner Bailey

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Editor's Note
Douglas C. Bachtel

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Assessing Housing Affordability In Rural Georgia
Carol B. Meeks and Anne L. Sweaney

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Antecedents of Infant Mortality: An Analysis of Risk Factors in Rural and Urban Arkansas
Shannon M. Holman, Frank L. Farmer, Russell S. Kirby, and Bruce L. Dixon

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The Management of Hunting Leases By Rural Landowners
John K. Thomas, Clark E. Adams, and John F. Thigpen III

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Concern About Eating Genetically Engineered Food
Glenn D. Israel and Thomas J. Hoban

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Acknowledgements
Robert L. Moxley

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Editor's Note
Robert L. Moxley

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The Decline of Black Farmers and Strategies for Survival
Robert Zabawa, Arthur Siaway, and Ntam Baharanyi

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Acknowledgements
Robert L. Moxley

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Editor's Note
Robert L. Moxley

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Acknowledgements
Robert L. Moxley

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Our Authors
Robert L. Moxley

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Acknowledgements
Robert L. Moxley

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The All New This Old South
Leann M. Tigges and Gary P. Green

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Traditional and Non-Traditional Explanations of Food Consumption: The Case of Beef
Patricia K. Guseman, William Alex McIntosh, and Stephen G. Sapp

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Impact of Farm Policies on Agriculture, Farm Structure, and Rural Communities
Ronald D. Knutson, James W. Richardson, and Edward G. Smith

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Selection Factors in Housing Among Rural Low-To-Moderate Income Residents
Kenneth J. Gruber, Ann R. Hiatt, and Gladys G. Shelton

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Our Authors
James H. Copp

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Acknowledgement
James H. Copp

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Teenage Vandalism in Georgia
Douglas C. Bachtel

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Economic Dualism in American Agriculture
Gary P. Green and William D. Heffernan

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Our Authors
James H. Copp

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Acknowledgement
James H. Copp

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Use of Government Services by Low-Income, Rural Residents in Alabama
Gerald C. Wheelock, Joseph Befecadu, and Priscilla Salant

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Sociodemographic Predictors of Rural Poverty: A Regional Analysis
Alton Thompson, Betty J. Traub, and Randall P. White

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An Analysis of the Impact of Industrial Development in Selected Counties in South Carolina
Marguerite R. Howie, Robert L. Phillips, and Sharon L. Wade

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Demographic Trends and Consumer Demand for Agricultural Products
Patricia Knight Guseman and Stephen G. Sapp

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List of Reviewers
G. Richard Wetherhill

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Editor’s Preface
G. Richard Wetherhill