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 Fun, Fact Friday right here on Ranch Raised. I could not let June pass by without celebrating National Dairy Month!
National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. From calcium to potassium, dairy products like milk contain nine essential nutrients which may help to better manage your weight, reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Whether it’s protein to help build and repair the muscle tissue of active bodies or vitamin A to help maintain healthy skin, dairy products are a natural nutrient powerhouse. Those are just a few of the reasons that you should celebrate dairy not just in June, but all year long.
In 2020, the average American consumed 655 pounds of dairy, including cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream, and butter demonstrating a resilient and growing love for all things dairy. I mean, are you even American if don’t have drawer in your refrigerator dedicated to cheese?
It excites me to see so many grocery stores with a specialty cheese case. Stop and read the labels when you have time. I just picked up some white cheddar cheese curds from a Wisconsin dairy when I was grocery store shopping last night and of course string cheese makes a great whole food, snack for the kids to grab and go.
We salute our American dairy farmers for keeping the ice cream rolling in and our cheese drawers full!
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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.