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!
It has often been said that every youth is just one caring adult away from being a success story. I think that this statement is 1000% true. I bet we can all think of caring adults from our youth that inspired us or cheered us on to success. Many of them may have been anchored in one of the many wonderful youth organizations in country.
Well, I have a story for you, today on Ranch Raised, as told on OHB.org.
Today, our journey takes us to a generous donation that started a tradition that has lasted more than seven decades at the Omaha Home for Boys.
Bob Cooper was a very special friend of Omaha Home for Boys and a prominent cattleman. During his first visit to the Home in 1948 he offered to help start a 4-H calf program. Shortly after, the donated calves came to call OHB home and were housed in some old rabbit hutches on the property. OHB’s Valley View 4-H Club was born!
Mr. Cooper had a vision for the 4-H program that extended beyond the capabilities of a few rabbit hutches. In 1950, he donated his 72-acre stock farm, just three miles north of the main campus, to the Omaha Home for Boys. The newly acquired farm, about to enter a new phase in its history, already had a storied past.
But, that is all the time we have for today. So you will have to come back tomorrow to hear, “the rest of the story.”
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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.