Ranch Raised with Karina Jones – 4-H calves at the Omaha School for Boys! Part 2

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Ranch Raised with Karina Jones - 4-H calves at the Omaha School for Boys! Part 2

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 coming back to Ranch Raised! Yesterday I started telling of the story about a prominent cattleman in the Omaha area that donated resources, a vision, and ultimately belief into the young men that traversed through the Omaha Home for Boys. If you missed the first part, you can catch up on the Your Ag Network App and Website. 

In 1950, Bob Cooper, donated his 72 acre stock farm to the Omaha Home for Boys. This farm had a storied past. It was previously a mule farm that sold mules to the US Army. 

Bob Cooper purchased the farm and donated it to the Home. New use for the historic land included filling the pastures with donated calves for OHB’s Valley View 4-H Club, converting the farmhouse into a residential cottage for boys and house parents, and building a farm manager’s residence. 

Since that day in 1948 when Bob Cooper donated the first calves to the 4-H program, countless youth have gone on to reap the positive benefits of being involved in the program. The club is still going strong more than seventy years later and boys still trod the land that once served such military importance. 

Wow, what a legacy Mr Cooper left behind with a simple act of kindness that would touch generations of young men. I think Mr Cooper would agree with me that there is some about the outside of livestock that is good for the inside of young people.  

Learn more about this program at OHB.org. 




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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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