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 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
in BEEF Daily Aug 13, 2015

4 advocates share their stories through blogs, videos & overcoming adversity

Looking for some good reads this morning? Check out today’s blog post, which includes a farmer video to the song, “Whip Nae Nae,” two photography....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 12, 2015

Why NFL player Jordy Nelson makes a great advocate for agriculture

With many professional athletes making headlines for negative thing, it’s refreshing to hear about the positive stories in the NFL, some of whom are....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 11, 2015

Why agricultural education is desperately needed in elementary schools

Whether it’s volunteering at a state or county fair petting zoo or reaching out to elementary schools and sharing your agricultural stories in a....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 10, 2015

Why ranchers have more clout than Dr. Oz

This week, let’s take some notes from the 4-H Character Counts program and use trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 06, 2015

How the Washington Post got it wrong on cow burps and greenhouse gases

A recent article featured in the Washington Post suggests that cattle burps are the main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 05, 2015

Are county fairs valuable experiences for kids? PLUS: 5 great fair time blogs

County and state fair season is upon us. What are your views on programs like 4-H and FFA? Do you believe these programs teach kids about the....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 04, 2015

Why the death of Cecil the lion is relevant to beef producers

The death of Cecil of the lion has been a hot topic on social media lately. Here's why the debate matters to cattlemen and what we should really be....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 03, 2015

With expansion comes the responsibility to advocate

A 2% increase in the nation’s cowherd numbers indicates optimism is abundant in the beef cattle business. As new opportunities arise, producers have....More
in BEEF Daily Jul 30, 2015

Hay Talk Part 4: Tips for planting forages in late summer & early fall

Whether you’re short on stockpiled hay or looking to extend the grazing season, planting supplemental forages is one solution. Here are tips for....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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