Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!
You’ve heard me say it before and you will hear me say it again, slow down, be alert and stay safe on our rural roads! Welcome back to Ranch Raised.
Harvest 2022 is here and that means we all have to share the road with bigger, slower moving equipment. Keep your eyes on the road and be ready to anticipate sharing the road with harvest equipment. Talk with the young drivers in your home about the dangers of passing harvest equipment and encourage them to take some extra time getting to their destination. Your patience is worth it. We do not mean to slow you down. We all want to return home to our families safe and sound at the end of the day and we want that for you, as well.
Farmers, being seen is being safe! Make sure that all of your lights and turn signals are in working order.
Increasing visibility with good lighting and markings on farm equipment is a practical way for drivers of farm equipment to protect themselves and others from the risk of roadway incidents and crashes.
When we all take these precautions and do our part, we also save stress and unnecessary workload on our rural volunteer fire departments and EMTS. These men and women answer the calls for their communities and are true heroes. Many of them are farmers and ranchers themselves. I’m sure that they too want to encourage all of us to take special caution on our rural roads so that they can continue on their way in their own harvest and cattle work this time of year.
So let’s continue to work together to keep our communities safe, healthy, and injury free not just during National Farm Safety and Health Week, but all year long.
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Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 3 daughters near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.
Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.
You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report that is broadcast on 60 radio stations with coverage in 9 states, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and highlights R-CALF’s work on industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the ranch.