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October 30th, 2020

Kansas State University nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says recent changes to nutrition labels on most foods should be viewed as a great ally for consumers and their good health.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration initially published rules on changing nutrition information on food labels in 2016, citing the need for those labels to reflect updated scientific information, including the link between diet and such chronic diseases as obesity and heart disease.

Since that time, American food companies have gradually come into compliance. Manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales were required to switch to the new label by January 1 of this year; those with less than $10 million in annual sales must meet the labeling requirements by January 1, 2021.

“The consumer is the winner here,” Procter said. “It allows each of us to control what we are putting into our bodies.”

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Operations at Kismet Post Office temporarily moved to Plains  

Move follows accident involving car crashing into Post Office 

  • USPS

 Operations at the Kismet Post Office have been temporarily suspended due to a car crashing into the Post Office. A structural analysis will be completed and repairs made as soon as possible. There is no timeline on when the Kismet Post Office will reopen.

Beginning imediately, customers who receive Post Office Box delivery through the Kismet Post Office may obtain their mail at the Plains Post Office at 416 Grand Ave. 

Customers are reminded to bring photo identification when picking up their mail. Retail hours at the Plains Post Office are8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. 

The phone number at the Plains Post Office is 620-563-7202.

“The safety of our employees and customers is our top concern,” said Post Office Operations Manager Mike Monnington. “So we have temporarily suspended operations to ensure the building is structurally sound and repairs can be made. Once it is safe, the Postal Service plans to reopen the Post Office. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and we will keep them updated on any changes and progress.”

Rural route customers in the Kismet area will continue to receive mail delivery as usual, however, if they receive a notice for pickup of a package or letter requiring a signature, they will need to temporarily pick up the item at the Plains Post Office. Customers may also request the item be redelivered another day.

Customers may buy stamps and ship packages through their rural carrier, also known as a Post Office on Wheels. Customers may also order stamps by mail (ask your carrier for a form), stamps by phone, 1-800-STAMP-24, or online at, where customers can also ship packages, request a free package pickup – all from the comfort of home.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health has developed the Oklahoma COVID-19 Alert System; a four-tiered risk measurement tool with corresponding color categories that identify the current COVID-19 risk level. This tool offers the public and local elected officials an easy way to recognize each county’s risk level. Find specific guidelines for your area by clicking the link below:

-1241 S. Sherman, Liberal: Fri. 3pm-8pm & Sat. 7am-1pm....Clothes, toys, movies, dining room set, car, smoker grill, odds and ends


-318 Main, Kismet: Sat. 7am-1pm...Big moving, boots, kitchen items, entrance table, book shelves, women & girls clothing, Christmas items


321 S. Clay, Liberal: Thur.-Fri & Sun. 7am-?...Grandmas's attic & G-pas garage sale....lots of antiques, golf(new & used), olympic weight set, yard & power tools, quilting, home decor


MANHATTAN, Kan. — Most will agree there is nothing that compares to the taste of fresh produce or meat that comes straight from the farm. And in light of perceived food shortages and a desire to know where their food comes from, an increasing number of consumers are seeking a farm-to-table purchasing experience.

Entrepreneurial producers working to fill the demand for homegrown beef should consider several factors before launching into this business, said Kansas State University experts during a recent Beef Cattle Institute Cattle Chat podcast.

“One of the first challenges is to find customers who are also going to be repeat buyers,” said K-State veterinarian Bob Larson.

Communicating with potential customers is key, but also with the processor, said agricultural economist Dustin Pendell. He said because of the increased demand, many processors are scheduling months out, which has an economic impact on the local community.

Pendell urged beef producers to think what product attributes lend themselves to a marketing niche. Some of the examples he shared were grass fed, antibiotic free, and known farm of origin as potentials for increased premiums.

“You need to educate yourself before entering one of these direct marketing ventures,” Pendell said.

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July 5, 2009

By: Jessica Crawford - Daily Leader

With the yellow slide, the final slide, taking shape at Adventure Bay Family Water Park and water filling the pools, a tentative opening date has been set for this afternoon. If obstacles no longer get in the way of Project Contractor Cap Kelly and Public Works Director Joe Sealey, Sunday, they say, is the day.

Special to the Leader and Times

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The executive director of a program that helps rural business owners manage new media says that the rush to using online marketing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic does not have to be complicated.

Cheryl Boyer, co-founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement at Kansas State University, talked recently to more than 60 small business owners during a First Friday webinar hosted by the university.

Boyer said she understands the anxiety among some to transform their brick-and-mortar, Main Street businesses into an online sales format. Yet, parts of society continue to be locked down or limited, and it’s not yet clear that consumers are ready to get back to shopping the way they once did.

Kansas Ag Connection:

Family farmers in Kansas and Missouri can now access much-needed relief from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Farm Aid has partnered with the Kansas Farmers Union Foundation and Missouri Farmers Union to distribute emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income, live in Kansas or Missouri, and are experiencing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are encouraged to complete an application.

There is an initial June 15 deadline to apply for a Farm Aid COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative Grant and limited funding is available. The application process may reopen if funding remains following the June grant review meeting. Applications will be reviewed by a team of representatives from Kansas Farmers Union, Missouri Farmers Union, Common Ground Producers and Growers, Inc., Cultivate KC, Kansas Black Farmers Association, and the Kansas Rural Center.

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