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!
I’ve got some groundbreaking news to start the week, so thanks for starting it with me right here on Ranch Raised.
This groundbreaking news won’t make the AP wire, so you are catching it right here exclusively. The potatoes are up, I repeat the potatoes have broken through the ground! Isn’t that hot, groundbreaking news for any gardener, get it?!?! Last week I was lamenting that I thought my potatoes had rotted underground with no sign of life. This week the ground must have finally warmed up enough to coax them into sprouting and starting their new plant life. Crisis averted, or at least partially. I don’t think I have 100% germination participation, so I will probably have to go back in and fill in some spots.
Moving on from one surprise to another. You may have heard that Monte James had to fill in for me on the Hot Barn Report, on Friday. As Monte told our Your Ag Network listeners, my husband injured his back doing what ranchers, working. After a trip to the ER, it will take some time and TLC getting him back on his feet. While this injury was probably unavoidable and just a freak accident, it does give me some pause and segway into reminding all of us to in farming and ranching to slow day and take care of ourselves. Self-care is not exactly in our vocabulary, myself included, until you are flat on your back, literally, and forced to slow down.
So let’s head into this new week taking caution and keeping safety as our top priority on the ranch, farm and on America’s roadways.
Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 4 children 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, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and 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 Jones Ranch.
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