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!
Thank you for tuning in to Ranch Raised on this final day of March 2022. If you didn’t get a chance to write down my Cherry Bar recipe yesterday, don’t worry, click here!
Calving is in full swing around the country. For most areas it has been a mild winter which lends itself to getting a little more sleep. While that is surely a blessing, the hearts and minds of many farmers and ranchers are riddled with other burdens. Mother Nature seems to have forgotten how to give this part of the world some life sustaining moisture. This gripping drought situation has many of us, myself included, making that list of cows that will need to be “re-homed” because we have too many mouths to feed and not enough grass on the Jones Ranch salad bar. We are not alone in these tough decisions.
Farmers are anxious to do what they love, play in that dirt, but this year could be their biggest gamble ever. Skyrocketing input costs have outrun a chance at a profit. I’m not sure how you put seed in the ground this year while the price of fertilizer and fuel has its foot on your neck.
So as the story goes, no two years are ever the same in agriculture and we are all just taking it one day at a time.
I will see you right back here tomorrow for Fun, Fact Friday where I choose a product from your grocery store and tell you about the production ag side of the story behind it! Have a great day from all of us at this great American radio station and Your Ag Network!
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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.