A fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, SD, Amanda grew up on a purebred Limousin cattle operation in which she and husband Tyler are active. She graduated with a degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University and was active from a young age in advocacy for the U.S. beef industry. Perhaps you’ve heard the story of a young FFA member who led a walkout of several thousand members from a Carrie Underwood concert in 2006 in protest of the country singer’s anti-meat positions and association with the Humane Society of the U.S. That young person was Amanda. She’s the 2006 National FFA Extemporaneous Speaking champion, and the 2006 National Beef Ambassador. And she’s served previous internships with USDA’s Ag Marketing Service in Washington D.C, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver, and BEEF magazine. On BEEF Daily, Amanda provides timely industry news and commentary from the unique perspective of a young professional committed to a life in production agriculture and invites readers to join in the discussion.

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in BEEF Daily Sep 01, 2015

3 tips for being a better pasture manager

“Grass is like the potatoes in a meal, that’s the energy for the livestock. Where the steak or protein comes from is the forbs,” say Tim Steffens,....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 31, 2015

Why gender roles are becoming obsolete in agriculture

For women in agriculture, breaking down gender stereotypes and keeping up with the men has been a century’s-old struggle. Today’s modern agricultural....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 27, 2015

4 important tips for navigating the rocky waters of WOTUS rule

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is set to go into effect on Friday. Are ranchers prepared to be in....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 26, 2015

New book captures 100 years of combines

If you have a love for tractors, you’ll love “Red Combines 1915-2015,” a 6-pound book capturing the evolution of combines over the last century....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 25, 2015

3 ways the beef industry could better market beef jerky

In the last five years, consumers have regained their interest in purchasing beef jerky and other meat snacks. Here are three reasons behind the....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 24, 2015

How HSUS is attempting to ban bacon & eggs in Massachusetts

The Humane Society of the United States has introduced a ballot measure in Massachusetts to ban the sales of pork and eggs produced from modern....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 20, 2015

HSUS vet to serve on USDA’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has revealed the names of 19 industry professionals who will serve on his Advisory Committee on Animal Health. Among the....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 19, 2015

6 methods of pest control in beef herds

Flies, insects and other pests are the arch nemesis of cattle ranchers. Here are six methods for controlling pests this summer based on the....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 18, 2015

Why EPA’s weak apology & lack of action on toxic spill is disgraceful

After the EPA accidentally release 3 million gallons of toxic water into the Animas River in Colorado, the agency has assured the media that the....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 17, 2015

4 experts weigh in on fall 2015 cattle prices

My outlook for fall cattle prices is cautiously optimistic. How about you? Do you think fall cattle prices will stay strong through the rest of the....More
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BEEF Daily Blog is produced by rancher Amanda Radke, one of the U.S. beef industry’s top social media “agvocates.”

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