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!
For many, 4-H becomes a way of life, for the rest of their life.
As I reminisce about growing up in this organization, I can’t help but think of how it molded me into the human I am today. Living the 4-H pledge outload, every day, is one of my greatest accomplishments! Let me share that pledge with you.
“I pledge my head to clearer thinking.”
I was a livestock judging competitor growing up. It is hands down my favorite 4-H memory. My team and I got to proudly represent the state of Nebraska at the national competition in Louisville, KY. That was a huge accomplishment from some small fries from little ole western Nebraska! 4-H sharpens a child’s critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, some of the greatest skills I carried forward, even today.
“I pledge my heart to greater loyalty.”
Just when you want to give up on that steer that won’t lead or angel food cake that just will not rise, 4-H builds resiliency in little souls and teaches them it is not about the ribbon but it is about finishing the job!
Tune in tomorrow as I finish the pledge and don’t forget I want to learn about your favorite 4-H memory! Leave it for us on the Your Ag Network Facebook page so you can be entered to win our prize pack giveaway! Was it a certain county fair where you swept the biggest prizes? Or brownie blunder that didn’t turn out. What ever it may be, I can’t wait to see your favorite 4-H memory. Bonus points for leaving a picture!
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.