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!
Welcome to this Memorial Day Edition of Ranch Raised.
It is with genuine attention that we honor the service men and women who died while defending our country. They gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms.
Throughout America there will be parades, Memorial services, and community gatherings. I know I am lucky to live in a place, in America, that is steeped in these rich traditions.
We are certainly living in some uncertain times, globally and domestically. Maybe now is the time to come together as Americans and tighten the weave of this nation’s fabric, our people. As Ole Glory flies from coast to coast, and border to border, may we remember that what makes us the greatest nation on earth is our people.
As our servicemen and women sacrifice so much, maybe as American citizens we can sacrifice a little more. Like taking a few minutes out of our day to check on a neighbor. Or making the extra effort to write a thank you note to someone who has gone above and beyond recently.
Call me old fashioned or overly sensitive, but I still get goosebumps when I hear the National Athem or when I cross paths with old Glory. Being an American should mean something to all of us that invokes a sense of pride that calls each of us to step up and be the best Americans we can be.
So, let’s not just shuffle through this Memorial Day. Let us all come out on the other side of this treasured holiday with a vow to be the best we can be for our country, our communities, and our family. Some gave their lives being the ultimate American, I know I can do my part to give a little bit more.
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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.