Ranch Raised with Karina Jones – Be Vocal, Buy Local! EP 301

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Ranch Raised with Karina Jones - Be Vocal, Buy Local! EP 301

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!

Thanks for starting your week with me right here on Ranch Raised.

It looks like much of the upper Midwest and plains are in for some wintery weather this week right during prime holiday shopping time. Don’t go crazy trying to get those big towns. I bet there are hidden gems all over your small communities that will you have your gift giving needs covered.

When I was young, I remember always giving my grandma gift certificate to have her done with her favorite local hairdresser. My mom and sister love gift certificates to their massage therapists. One of my favorite gifts to give is the gift of “spring” in the form of a gift certificate to our local green house! For that animal lover on your list how about some horse or dog treats or a gift certificate to the local feed store. And I have not even began on the all the cool little boutiques and gift shops that dot small towns across the land.

What I love about dropping my dollars locally is that I know it will stay local. That hairdresser will pop over to the grocery store to buy what she needs to feed her family supper. Our business owners pay local taxes that keep our schools open and our roads smooth.

You see what I mean. If we want to revive rural America it will take some intention on our part to Be Vocal, Buy Local!

Come back tomorrow because I am sharing a super cool gift idea that I saw on social media that fits right into this line of thinking!


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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.

Cattle producers are her people. She will meet you at the county fair, at the sale barn, or anywhere the dusty trail leads.
karina@youragnetwork.com or visit facebook.com/ranchraisedwithkarinajones

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