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 to Fun, Fact Friday where I pick a topic about American agriculture that relates to both consumer and farmer or rancher.
One of my kids’ favorite winter breakfast meals is a steaming bowl of oatmeal! There is nothing more satisfying on a cold morning, right?!? We must not be alone. The United States is the #2 global consumer of oats.
Oatmeal is a great whole grain breakfast meal option that is truly a nutritional gold mine, packed with vitamins. What I love is with all that fiber my kids stay full all morning!
There are different types of food oat options depending on the level of processing the oats got through. I tend to keep a canister of old-fashioned oats in my pantry. I like to be able to control the ingredients in my family’s oatmeal so I can add a little brown sugar and cinnamon to their liking. Old fashioned oats are the most versatile in my kitchen as I often bake with them and even throw some in my meatloaf as a binder.
South Dakota produced the most oats in the United States in 2020 followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin. However, that doesn’t mean that it necessarily all of those oats went for oat based food products like oatmeal and oat flour.
Learning about all these oat facts made me aware that some popular brands of oatmeal may not be raised in the USA. So, I encourage all of us to read labels and make sure we are supporting the American oat farmer.
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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.