Ranch Raised – Episode 179

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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!

In communities across the land, it is summer celebration season! Welcome back to Ranch Raised!
Listening to the radio as you are driving along checking cows or knocking down hay or opening up any newspaper, it is right in front of you, we are in the middle of what makes rural America great, celebrating community!

This looks to be a busy weekend of community celebrations, including our local town festival, so I wanted to take a moment to encourage us all to shut down the tractor, load up the kids, and take a few hours to head into town to fellowship with your neighbors.

I am guilty of missing our town celebration the last few years, as our kids have had other activities that have taken us in different directions. But a stroke of fate left us with this weekend’s schedule open. So, I have kids looking forward to entering pieces in the art show, taking in the parade, and maybe even hitting the community pool.
The volunteers that pour their time and effort into planning and executing these events, don’t do it for themselves, they do it for all of us. I can think of no better way to thank them than to show up and be present.

I just want to give a quick shout out to the Muddy Creek Celebration committee from Ansley, NE for their hard work and dedication at putting together this weekend’s upcoming festival. And if you want to give a shout out to your community festival, leave on the Ranch Raised FB page!

Now don’t forget to get out and celebrate with your community and thank those volunteers!

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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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