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 23, 2015

Grazing Series Part 4: 7 resources for pasture management in times of drought

Is a serious drought looming, and are you ready for one? In the fourth installment of our April Grazing Series, we revisit seven BEEF magazine....More
Apr 22, 2015

4 Earth Day blogs worth reading today

Earth Day is April 22, and this commemorative day offers a great opportunity to highlight how farmers and ranchers are stewards of the land. Here are....More
Apr 21, 2015

4 things to cross off your to-do list before breeding season begins

Are you sure your herd bulls are fertile? Have you administered pre-breeding vaccinations to the cows? Do you have plans to control parasites and....More
Apr 20, 2015

4 things ranchers need to know about preventing & treating grass tetany

Spring grazing brings the potential for grass tetany in cattle. Grass tetany mostly impacts mature cattle grazing lush grasses and is caused by a....More
Apr 16, 2015

Grazing Series Part 3: Questions to ask before planting cover crops, alfalfa & perennial grasses on irrigated pastures

Do cover crops pencil out? What should I plant in my irrigated pastures? Should I plant companion crops in new alfalfa stands? The third installment....More
Apr 15, 2015

3 articles that highlight the media's coverage of agriculture's water usage

National coverage of the ongoing drought in California seems to be stoking consumer concern about water usage in food production, with beef being....More
Apr 14, 2015

4 tips to shorten your calving season

A tight window for calving can result in a more uniform calf crop and enhanced price potential at sale time. Here are four management strategies to....More
Apr 13, 2015

13 game-changing advocates for ag; PLUS: My favorite beef bloggers

Great agricultural advocates are those individuals and organizations willing to step outside their comfort zone to promote the work of farmers and....More
Apr 08, 2015

10 negative reviews of the “Food Babe” worth reading & sharing

The Food Babe continues to attack the food industry, but scientists are fighting back. Here are 10 reads about the Food Babe that show how she stokes....More
Apr 08, 2015

Grazing Series Part 2: Extensive vs. moderate grazing, effective cross-fencing & more

Is it time to alter your grazing system? Here are three management systems to consider to get the most out of your pastures this summer....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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