Ranch Raised with Karina Jones – Let’s just pour a cup of joe and get back to work!

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Ranch Raised with Karina Jones - Let's just pour a cup of joe and get back to work!

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 seems to be all over the newswire, and I have something to say about it today here on Ranch Raised. 

As reported by the AP, “Workers at more than 200 U.S. Starbucks walked off the job Thursday in what organizers said was the largest strike yet in the two-year-old effort to unionize the company’s stores. 

The Workers United union chose Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day to stage the walkout since it’s usually one of the busiest days of the year. Starbucks expects to give away thousands of reusable cups Thursday to customers who order holiday drinks.” 

So, first I didn’t even know what Red Cup Day was because I haven’t been to this establishment in years, although I do like their lemon loaf. Second of all, I have worked in food service. Yes, I started as a dishwasher at the famed Alliance Country Club as a young teen and worked my way up and out of the kitchen to the front room serving guests. So, I think I have cred that allows me to comment. 

Every shift it was my choice to show up and work! I learned so much from this experience about customer service. I really do not understand why this strike has become mainstream media. If you don’t like serving hot drinks for this company, go to another coffee shop, or better yet, open your own. If you think you have been abused by customers and deserve differently, you could become a lineman where you don’t have to face the public on your work shift and you would make a great paycheck. You could go work for a farmer where you would be completely insulated from the outside world.  

There is a lot of jobs in this world and a lot for jobs looking for people to show up and work. Let’s all enjoy a frappe or a cup of joe and get to work. 






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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 former 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.

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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