Ranch Raised – Episode 6

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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!


Welcome back to Ranch Raised! I cannot let October slip by without recognizing one of my favorite things that is a part of my past, present, and future. While most people wouldn’t immediately recognize October as such an important month in the 4-H organization, I will tell you that it actually is! October serves as the home of National 4-H week. A time when you see window displays dotted in towns across the country creatively crafted by 4-H clubs in that community. This is the time of year when 4-Her’s put last year to rest by turning in those records books and if other 4-Hers are anything like my girls they possibly have next year’s show calves in the barn halter breaking, training hair, and dreaming of the next show season. And there is always searching the world wide web for those next recipes to try and crafts to create. Our family like so many are 4-Hers 365 days a year, not just during fair season. I never tire of hearing people’s 4-H memories! Remember last week when I left you with a hint about a surprise? Visit the Your Ag Network Facebook and look for the post about the giveaway. Leave me your favorite 4-H memory and at the end of the week, I will choose a winner of a Your Ag Network prize package! Visit YourAgNetwork.com to stay up to date on the ag markets and stories that impact us all in these flyover states.


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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.