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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grazing tips
Aug 21, 2014

3 Ways To Improve Next Year’s Grazing Today

If you have extra grass at this point in the summer grazing season, there are ways to improve next year’s grazing through better management practices....More
McDonald's sustainability quest
Aug 20, 2014

McDonald’s Wants Industry Help In Defining Sustainable Beef

McDonald’s has vowed to serve sustainable beef by 2016, but what exactly does that mean? The Golden Arches wants the industry’s help in defining....More
Aug 19, 2014

5 Headlines That Celebrate Stock Show Kids

Ranch kids get to grow up with cattle, horses and wide open spaces in their backyard. This playground offers lots of opportunities to learn important....More
winter weather
Aug 18, 2014

Are You Worried About The Predicted Polar Vortex Coming This Fall?

Long-range forecasters are predicting another polar vortex. Are cattlemen ready for an early return of winter?....More
Aug 14, 2014

3 Great Steak Headlines Worth Reading

Beef is making the news this week, and these headlines are all about great-tasting steaks. From Walmart’s line of all-natural steaks, to tips for....More
Aug 13, 2014

Are Wolves A Threat To Your Cattle?

New Mexico ranchers are fighting for the right to protect their livestock from the threat of the Mexican Gray Wolf. Share this video explaining the....More
Aug 12, 2014

What Does Russia’s Food Ban Mean For The U.S. Meat Industry?

Last week, Russia announced the suspension of food imports from several countries, including the U.S. The poultry industry is taking the biggest hit....More
Aug 11, 2014

Muck Boots Keeps Stepping In The Muck On Social Media

Muck Boots is in hot water with its agricultural customers on social media over a fundraiser for HSUS. Here is an update on the company’s response to....More
humane society of the united states loses charity rating
Aug 07, 2014

How Charity Navigator Knocked HSUS Down A Peg Or Two

The Humane Society of the United States is in hot water with Charity Navigator, losing its charity rating and getting put on “donor advisory” status....More
muck boots HSUS controversy
Aug 06, 2014

Muck Boots Fires Up Aggies On Facebook

Muck Boots posted on Facebook about a fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of the United States, and the agricultural industry responded. Was it....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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