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Exhibit Series Part 2 – Rural Leadership in Agriculture & Community

March 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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In this second installment in a four-part series inspired by the exhibit “Voices from the Big First,”

Frances Graves, Wildcat District Director and Community Vitality Agent, K-State Research and Extension, and Trista Brown, COO Cattle Empire, from their own experience as ranchers and community leaders, discuss issues in agriculture and rural communities in Kansas today, including pandemic-era challenges, environmental resource management, and sustainability.

Submit your questions for Graves and Brown to for the question-and-answer portion of the program.

This program is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. 

A printable handout is available for this program here:

This special program will be live-streamed to the institute’s YouTube channel and to its website, Due to continuing concerns regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic, the program will only be available online. Follow the Dole Institute on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter for updates regarding this and future programming.  

The program was made possible by a grant from Humanities Kansas, in conjunction with the Crossroads: Change in Rural America initiative presented by HK and the Smithsonian.

Frances Graves joined the K-State Research and Extension Wildcat District as director in February 2020 after working for the Parsons Area Community Foundation. Previously, Frances taught business communications and jewelry classes through Labette Community College, telecommuted as a media analyst, and volunteered extensively in her community.

Trista Brown Priest is the current Chief Operating Officer at Cattle Empire and a member of the third generation of the Brown family actively involved in the business. Located in Satanta KS, Cattle Empire is a family-owned and operated Feedyard with current one-time capacity of 51,000 head. She has worked in different capacities at the Feedyard since she was 14 years old.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive, and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of US Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole. 


March 9
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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