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!
Looking back on the journey that has brought me to sharing over 500 episodes of Ranch Raised has blessed me with a lot of gifts. In the beginning, I was pretty sure my mom would be the only one listening. But as time went on, there would be the occasional Facebook message or email telling me how much they enjoyed that day’s episode.
Then I started having people approach me in public about the joy or chuckle they got hearing my stories. It was especially a delight when a stranger would come and introduce themselves. Then I got to walk away with a new friend and a delightful encounter.
And now even on occasion, I receive gifts in the mail from listeners. A few of my favorite feedback encounters have been from my new friends David and Lee Walker who listen down in Georgia. They have a dog kennel and raise & train bird hunting dogs. They have loved my episodes about our Border Collies. They clearly picked up on my love for American agriculture and sent my family a generous gift box full of all kinds of Georgia ag products!
Then there is the story about my Great Aunt Sonny telling me that her and her Idaho ranch neighbors gals listen to Ranch Raised. Aunt Sonny even made my Buckaroo Brownies to take to her neighbors branding. And of course, my Grandma Bobbie out in Idaho never misses an episode and loves hearing stories about my kids.
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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