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!
Besides the usual ranch duties of raising cows and kids alongside my husband, there is another avenue of my life that I am extremely involved in and this is ag activism. Yes, I admit, I am an activist of this way of life and I have no shame in admitting that.
A few years ago, it became very apparent to my husband and I that if the next generation wants any possibility at being able to come back to the family farm and ranch, we have to make some systematic changes today in order to ward off the threat of vertically integrating the cattle industry like what has been done in chicken and hogs.
Today I have carved out a few minutes of my time to put in quick calls to my Senators to urge them to support legislation that is very important to me like The American Beef Labeling Act, the 50/14 Spot Market Bill and the Opportunities & Fairness in Farming Act. Tonight, I will join a committee conference call with cattle producers from across the nation to learn about how they are raising awareness for these same cattle industry issues.
Every Friday morning you can hear me talk about these important cattle industry topics on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report. I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind or tell anyone how to think. I am inviting you to do your own research and start standing up and speaking for your own future and operation. I guess, what I am trying to say is I encourage all of us to stand up become our own citizen lobbyists to fight for whatever we all believe in because it is worth it.
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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.