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 back to our midweek check in right here on Ranch Raised.
It has done my soul a lot of good to see the upper midwest get the moisture they have been longing for. Unfortunately, some of these storms have packed a powerful punch recently with damaging winds and hail. The wheat in western Nebraska, that was within 6-8 weeks of harvest has been knocked into the dirt. Tender corn and soybeans have been brutally beaten before it even had much of a chance.
Communities have been battered just as they were starting to become so vibrant with splashes of color along the curbs and within the landscaping. So many homes will not have the curb appeal this summer as they wait in the long line for contractors to come replace siding, roofs, and windows.
I can tell you what can shine through during these tough times, community spirit. It costs absolutely zero dollars to check in on a neighbor. Don’t get so caught up in your own peonies that you forget to check in on the elderly neighbor who has just weathered these same storms. Or the young family who has glass all over their yard where they thought their kids would be playing this summer.
Give grace to the insurance agents, adjusters, and contractors that will be working diligently to do their jobs so that their communities can be repaired.
Keep the farmers and ranchers in your thoughts and prayers. They had such high hopes for this growing season once the moisture started showing up on the radar. These damaging storms are what we pray for protection from and unfortunately, many will be putting pivots back up right, repairing damages, and replanting.
From all of us at Your Ag Network, we are cheering you on to get back on your feet and keeping charging through in 2022!
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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.