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Judging by my mailbox, TV and social media, we are in the silly season of politics. Yes, the August primary is drawing near and the last, final and, in some cases, desperate push for your vote is happening.

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MANHATTAN — For the week ending July 12, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

As the days wind down in June, wheat harvest has just now begun for our family. It’s a late harvest this year, but we are glad we are able to get into the fields to harvest the grain.

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Multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported in meat and poultry processing facilities across the country, and some have been forced to temporarily shut down, making it harder for local grocery stores to keep shelves fully stocked for customers.

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PAOLA — Access to fresh food from local farmers is important now more than ever due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is why organizers of the Paola Farmers Market have modified the event to make it work and keep people safe.

MANHATTAN — For the week ending May 17, 2020, there were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

MANHATTAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting producers for the June hogs and pigs survey.

When I left my corporate job and moved to rural Kansas, I was making decisions for the good of my future family. Sometimes those decisions are at odds with my self-desires. We don’t have a fancy house, high-speed internet or many of the creature comforts one finds in bigger cities.

Gardening is going to be more important than ever this year, though the Marais des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners annual plant sale in Paola has been canceled.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — For the week ending April 26, 2020, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.