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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Apr 01, 2014

Readers’ Winning Essays Remind Me Of Why I Love The Cattle Business

If you’ve been following the “Why I Ranch” essay contest, sponsored by Greeley Hat Works, then you already know that we are among kindred spirits in....More
Mar 31, 2014

NPR Suggests Cattle Degrade The Environment

I was disappointed to read Eliza Barclay’s article, “How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct,” which appeared in NPR’s The....More
Mar 27, 2014

Rancher Reports Quadruplets; How Do You Manage Multiples?

For many of you, calving is in full swing. No matter how well-prepared you are or how hard you work, there is no such thing as a perfect calving....More
Mar 26, 2014

3 Ways Beef Made Headlines Again This Week

Beef has been demonized for far too long. It appears that public perceptions are slowly changing, which is good news for cattlemen who rely on....More
Mar 25, 2014

10 Resources For Ranching With Multiple Generations

Ranching is a family affair. 97% of farms are family-owned and operated, and many of those enterprises are run by multiple generations of family....More
Mar 24, 2014

8 Things Happening During National Ag Week

National Agriculture Week kicks off this week (March 23-30), and it’s the perfect time to recognize and celebrate the importance of agriculture. Make....More
Mar 20, 2014

4 Ways That Animal Fats & Proteins Were Championed This Week

Red meat and dairy products have been demonized for quite some time by certain nutritionists, the media and USDA’s food guidelines. However, consumer....More
Mar 19, 2014

NEW Poll Asks How Your Forages Are Looking For Spring

Yesterday, we received a couple of inches of snow in a weird blizzard that was pocketed between very warm spring days here in South Dakota. I must....More
Mar 18, 2014

Forget Chipotle’s Negativity; Culver’s Champions For Animal Ag

The animal agriculture community has been up in arms recently about Chipotle’s latest marketing stunt -- a video series entitled, “Farmed and....More
Mar 17, 2014

Contest Entrant Tells Why Her Roots Are Deep In Ranching

It’s hard to believe March is half gone, but it’s finally starting to feel a little bit like spring. For many ranchers, these days are....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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