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!
Without volunteers we would be a nation without a soul! After talking about our awesome experience at a cattle show we recently attended and with so many livestock shows and rodeos going on this summer it got me thinking more about how we can show our appreciation to the volunteers and committees that spend hours of their time, energy, and own resources pouring into events to entertain people and provide our ag community a place to do what they love.
I really cannot stress enough how important it is to never miss an opportunity to thank these people because without them, these events will cease to exist. So, head over to the Ranch Raised FB page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give a shout out to your community event, livestock show, or rodeo and its volunteers. Your shout out just might make it on air.
Besides personally thanking these volunteers and committees, consider helping! Every event is made better by the people putting it on. In a world of dwindling volunteers, I know that rural America will keep the tradition alive of lending a helping hand. Everyone loves a parade, rodeo and festival, but it takes man power. We can all make a million excuses to not help or we can live with regret when we lose some of these community events.
Volunteers don’t get paid because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. So don’t forget to leave your volunteer committee shout out on the RR FB page.
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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.