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 Jun 24, 2015

How an HSUS employee scandal reveals incompetency of animal rights organization

An employee of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been accused of embezzling more than $31,000 in funds from donors. What’s worse is....More
in BEEF Daily Jun 23, 2015

3 tips for training your cattle dog to work stock

Dogs are often beloved members of ranch families, but too often, they are poorly trained and are more pesky tag-alongs than valuable assistance when....More
in BEEF Daily Jun 22, 2015

Father’s Day tribute: 4 blogs, photo galleries & recipes just for dad

Father’s Day may be over, but readers will still enjoy these four blogs, photo galleries and recipes that celebrate the cowboys and cattlemen we love....More
in BEEF Daily Jun 18, 2015

Summer Herd Health Part 3: Ranchers seeking large animal vets for maintaining herd health

There is a shortage of large animal vets as more vet students pursue careers in small animal medicine. This week’s poll wants to know if your area is....More
in BEEF Daily Jun 17, 2015

5 resources for choosing the best method to control noxious weeds

Don’t let noxious weeds take hold of your pastures this grazing season. Here are five resources for choosing the best method to control the spread of....More
in BEEF Daily Jun 16, 2015

4 questions to ask to prioritize the summer to-do list

With long summer days comes long working hours. Here are four questions to ask to prioritize which tasks get tackled on the to-do list first and....More
in BEEF Daily 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
in BEEF Daily 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
in BEEF Daily 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
in BEEF Daily 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
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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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