Jane Koger is a fourth generation rancher and businesswoman who owns and operates Homestead Ranch near Matfield Green.
Community service, conservation and education have always been part of Jane's life.
Jane founded the Prairie Women Adventures program which has provided hundreds of women from across the country with hands on ranching experience and the opportunity to understand the role that ranchers play in respectfully maintaining land and producing high quality beef.
In 1994 Koger
birthday by inviting the public to a "Symphony on the Prairie
More than 3,000 people from far and wide congregated at her
Homestead Ranch for a magical union between symphonic music and the prairie landscape.
In 2004, Chase, Lyon, Morris and Wabaunsee County leaders founded Symphony in the Flint Hills, Inc.
to heighten the appreciation and knowledge of the tallgrass prairie.
Its annual prairie concerts have become a Kansas tradition that now attracts approximately 7,000 attendees from all over the world.
In 2004, Jane
began the Homestead Range Renewal Initiative, an experimental burning program, utilizing patch burning to enhance wildlife habitat, especially for the Greater Prairie
More recently, the Homestead Range Renewal Initiative has expanded to support on-going research targeted toward eradicating sericea lespedeza.
hopes to leave the ranch in such a way that a fifth generation of her
family can continue to prosper on the land that her
Great Grandfather homesteaded.