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!
Thanks for ending your work week with me right here on Ranch Raised.
I was once again doing some traveling yesterday and my destination was another cattle market auction barn. Like, where else would I go? Once again, this sale barn is no doubt the economic driver of that area. I’m sure that on sale day the population of this community swells and there is more gas and diesel pumped and more groceries sold than any other day of the week.
There is no better place to socialize and people watch than at a sale barn, probably because those are MY people. I can see the entire life cycle of community at sale barn. The older cattlemen and cowboys so full of history and stories. The middle generation busting their tails to make this ranching deal pencil out and not lose what the older generation put together. And the kids!!! How I love seeing kids at a sale barn. It is kinda like seeing kids at church. I don’t care how much chaos they cause in those seats or how much pop they drink, we need them there and they are the highlight of everyone’s day. I literally see the past, present and future of every community by attending their local cattle auction market. The more young families in those seats, the brighter the future of that community.
No one is cheering on small town America more than Karina Jones! Thank you for allowing me in your home, office, truck or tractor every week day. Never miss an episode of Ranch Raised on the Your Ag Network App or website. Have a great weekend!
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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.