Ranch Raised – Episode 141

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Ranch Raised - Episode 141
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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 tuning in to Ranch Raised! There is no better time of year to share about life on the ranch than spring! We just had a warm, spring shower pass through and I think I saw my chives grow 6 inches before my eyes and I’m just sure that is the sound of brome grass I hear growing out in the pastures.

My grandpa always said that if you were in the cattle business, you were making money when it was raining. As a little girl, I had no idea what that meant. I miss him so much, but those nuggets of wisdom he used impart to me as I rode along in that 4020 tractor cab, feeding cattle with him, sit in my heart and sing to me today.

America’s heartland has received some million dollars rains this last week. The fear of drought has been gripping farmers and ranchers, I mean that so literally. Only those who are in agriculture truly understand how paralyzing that fear can be. And while this moisture has lightened the mood and the hearts of many. I know personally, we are still going to have to make some deep cuts to our herd. But, with every drop of moisture that comes this next week it will provide a little bit of respite to the hearts and minds of many.

We are the eternal optimists in ag. So we will keep hanging on to the hope that Mother Nature will be faithful and provide. Seeing the countryside green up will help swell that hope.
Have a great day!


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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.

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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