What are we actually trying to get at? The main research question is “How do the data practices of agricultural researchers support the land grant university mission?” We know from my brief research that the land grant mission is essentially to get the information out to the public that the university produces through its research. (I feel like I’ve written about this before. I’ll go look in a moment.) Researchers in the LG university do their research and then distill it to practical information and distribute it to the public.