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!
Did everyone have a great weekend? Well thanks for coming back to Ranch Raised to start your week.
As I alluded to last week, we were able to enjoy a few hours in our local small town enjoying the hard work of a committee who has been dedicated to providing a couple days of small-town fun for our area.
The days of a big carnival have sailed as COVID did a real number on the carnival trade. But I couldn’t be more thankful for the committee’s creativity and foresight to offer old-fashioned carnival games, sponsored by local businesses, right on main street. Anyone remember the old ring toss around pop bottles? And a little put-put golf course, which judging by the way my girls were holding the golf clubs, this could have been a first for them and let’s just say the PGA won’t be calling them anytime soon. There were free root beer floats enjoyed by kids and neighbors gathering for fellowship. Then of course a Saturday morning parade, which I would say was stellar! Who hands our Dairy Queen Dilly bars at a parade, what a jackpot! Bounce houses, a fishing tournament, craft show, and an art show that my girls got to enter some of their favorite creations in.
This weekend renewed my passion for small town America and the life we are blessed to enjoy. There is good in this world and there are a lot of good people doing good things. So, get out and about this summer and connect with your neighbors and your community. I think you will find just what I am talking about.
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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.