Ranch Raised – Episode 34

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Farming For Profit, Not Price

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!


Happy Thursday!
Today I want to take you on a little journey with me reliving a road trip I took earlier this week. Next to staying home on my own ranch this was as close to a perfect day as anything I need to make me happy.

I got to meander on a ribbon of two lane highway through the gorgeous country side. The hills were golden with grass. Cows! So many cows scattered throughout this magnificent ocean of grass and scattered throughout cornstalk fields. This mild fall has been a blessing for those girls and cattle in this area are looking in top condition.

Occasionally I would be greeted with a wave from a farmer pulling out of a cornfield, delighted that it was such a beautiful day that they could keep rolling, but I am sure growing weary that it was the first of December and still didn’t have their crop out.

The further I got into my trip I became more and more immersed in what I would describe as farmer feeder country. An area of rural America where men are still feeding their own corn through cattle and fattening calves, they have mostly like purchased at their local sale barn.

It was a day that reminded me that I don’t always have to be on my ranch for my heart to sing! I can be right in the middle of someone else’s and feel right at home.

I’m not done telling this story, so come back tomorrow as I continue to tell you about my 350 mile little day trip! I passed through the most quaint little, Mayberry like towns and I cant wait to tell you about it.

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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