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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Jun 15, 2015

Why agriculture should be incorporated into math, science & reading curriculum

Today’s blog explores how ranchers can get involved through their state’s Ag In The Classroom program to give teachers the tools they need to include....More
Jun 11, 2015

Summer Herd Health Part 2: 5 risk factors for summer pneumonia in calves

Summer pneumonia is among the most frustrating respiratory infections ranchers have to deal with in preweaned calves. Today’s blog looks at five risk....More
Jun 10, 2015

Peterson Farm Brothers team up with Culver’s to thank farmers

Popular agricultural advocates the Peterson Farm Brothers have created a new YouTube video titled, “Takin’ Care of Business.” Sponsored by Culver’s,....More
Jun 09, 2015

Which ag-accurate kids’ books do you love? PLUS: 2 farm book reviews

Looking for agriculturally-accurate kids’ books can be a challenge. Today’s blog reviews two farm books children will love. Plus, we want your....More
Jun 08, 2015

3 talking points to explain agriculture’s water usage

Agriculture’s water usage is in the spotlight as the ongoing drought in California raises concerns with consumers. Here are a few talking points to....More
Jun 04, 2015

Summer Herd Health Part 1: Symptoms of nutrient deficiencies; PLUS: 5 mineral supplementation tips

When grass quality diminishes, cattle can quickly get nutrient deficiencies. Here are tips for mineral supplementation to maintain herd health during....More
Jun 03, 2015

4-H members are shining stars amongst America’s teens

While some kids are spending the lazy days of summer on the couch or by the pool, 4-H kids are dedicating their time to building leadership skills....More
Jun 02, 2015

4 lessons learned in my first year as a ranch mom

Being a ranch mom has its own set of challenges, but the rewards are also great. As her baby turns one, Amanda Radke reflects on her first year of....More
Jun 01, 2015

Is the term “farmer’s wife” out of date in 2015? Facebook weighs in

A new poll on beefmagazine.com asks readers, What do you think of the term “farm wife” or “ranch wife?” We asked readers on Facebook what they think....More
May 28, 2015

Family Ranching Series Part 4: 10 ways to sabotage family estate transfer plans

Do you know that a recent survey shows that 58% of farm and ranch families list not having an estate plan in place as the biggest threat to their....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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