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Updated: Sep 28, 2022

Mike Holder presents a Prairie Talk on the History of the Flint Hills in the loft of the historic barn at Pioneer Bluffs. “We will begin at the beginning,” says Holder. “Why it is what it is.”

Holder draws on 47 years as a KSU Extension Agent in the Flint Hills. As an Agent, he worked with ranchers and farmers on grazing, care of natural resources, and stewardship of the land. Known as a good storyteller, Holder says he has a few stories to tell about “grand ol’ ranchers.”

The Prairie Talk will include the formation of the Flint Hills, Native American presence, influence of the ranch community, and Holder’s perspective on the importance of burning and grazing. He believes “The future of land management, it’s use and conservation, lies in the hands of the rancher.”

Beverages and snacks will be served in the barn. Reservations are requested but not required, and will help ensure plenty of chairs are out. RSVP on the Facebook event page or to Executive Director, Lynn Smith, at or 620-753-3484.

Donations are appreciated and will support future program events.

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