Ranch Raised – Episode 5

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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!


Whoohoo! Happy Friday! We made it! Our first full week of Ranch Raised! Thank you for tuning in. You know as we wrap up this week it reminds me of the closing of another season, the end of my gardening season. It is sort of a bitter sweet time of year. I am super thankful for our mild fall temps that allowed us to enjoy an extended growing season. It made for a bountiful harvest and a full pantry that will be enjoyed all winter long. I am ready to let my garden rest and recharge, just like those ole cows that we just weaned those calves off of. I am ready to dream of next spring. I am ready to hear my 11 year old daughters wild plans to grow watermelon with yellow flesh and peppers that are every color in the rainbow. My husband is ready for the 200 green tomatoes that are ripening on the kitchen table to disappear. My oldest daughter to ready for her favorite season, fall baking, especially with apples we have been gifted and the extra pumpkins we grew. Enjoy this season, enjoy this weekend, throw a roast in the crockpot and bake a special treat! Get those Halloween costumes planned and the candy ready because those little trick or treaters will be at your door before you know it.

Tune in next week as we celebrate one of my favorite things, 4-H!!! Be ready for a special giveaway, but mostly be ready to celebrate what 4-H means to me and so many others.

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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.