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 Ranch Raised here on this Monday edition of Thanksgiving week.
Last week our kindergartener had a show and tell assignment where the kids were asked to bring something that they were thankful for and they must be ready to tell the class 3 things about that item. When I asked our kindergartener what she was going to take, without skipping a beat she said she was going to take her cowgirl hat. I thought, hmmm, that is interesting. So I asked her why choose her cowgirl hat? She said because I am so thankful that God made me a cowgirl.
There are a couple of lessons this show and tell assignment taught me. In a time of American society where we are watching everyone chase bigger, faster, more expensive things, maybe this week there isn’t any THING to be thankful. Maybe we all need to be thankful for who we ARE and who we are created to be.
Secondly, our girls are bright enough and academically capable of being anything that they want to be. But all 3 of our girls only talk about their aspirations of ranching or being horseback one way or another. There are a lot of ways to make a living in this life. I can not think of a more noble profession than raising cattle to feed a nation of people. So with that, I too give thanks to God for making me a rancher and for blessing us with three cowgirls.
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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.