Cattleman Rich Porter is loyal to his workers, suppliers, alliances, and, especially, to his community. “An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness,” said Porter. “Do unto others better than you would have them do unto you. If they don’t respond in kind, merely walk away, but don’t retaliate.”

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Rich Porter will share his story in a Prairie Talk at Pioneer Bluffs. An old-fashioned ice cream social will follow.

Each year Porter Cattle Company receives around 7,000 high-risk calves, taking them from 350# to 850#. Porter also farms around 2,600 acres of corn and soybeans.

Rich Porter credits successful business operations with strong values of loyalty and simple lessons he has learned in life. “If the market value of corn is 10 cents a bushel,” advised his dad, Walter Porter, “then you better find a way to produce it for 9 cents… or don’t grow corn.”

With degrees in chemical engineering and law, Porter had many options on what to do with his life. In 1979, he chose to return to the family stocker cattle business in Lyon County. This decision has made a positive impact locally; he is well known for his community support.

Following the Prairie Talk will be an ice cream social at about 2:30 p.m., with floats and a sundae bar. The ice cream social is a fundraising benefit provided by Pioneer Bluffs volunteers. Donations gratefully accepted, and will fund future heritage programs at Pioneer Bluffs.

Reservations requested but not required. Contact Executive Director Lynn Smith at (620) 753-3484 or for reservations or questions.