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Aug 02, 2012

What Will You Pay For Hay?11

The U.S. is experiencing the worst drought since 1956, with 56% of the nation suffering from dry and hot conditions. This epic drought is baking....More
Aug 01, 2012

Cute Kids Tell Ag Story To Song, "Call Me Maybe"4

Chances are that when you hear the song, “Call Me Maybe,” by Carly Rae Jepsen, you immediately turn the channel or risk the tune being stuck in your....More
Jul 30, 2012

Ag Olympics At The County Fair

This week is our county fair, and my younger sisters are busy baking cookies, making crafts, clipping calves and preparing for the annual event....More
Jul 30, 2012

Advice For Passing On The Family Farm2

“Life is 10% what happens and 90% of how we react to it,” says Gary Sipiorski of Vita Plus, who spoke at the June 2012 Governor’s Ag Summit in Pierre....More
Jul 25, 2012

Farm And Ranch Kids Get Opportunity To Work3

Growing up, my younger sisters and I were Dad’s chore help. He taught us how to feed cattle, drive the four-wheeler and tractor, stack bales, pitch....More
Jul 25, 2012

U.S. Cattle Numbers At Record Low3

Earlier this week, I attended a statewide drought management meeting hosted by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension. According to SDSU, 90....More
Jul 24, 2012

Celebrating The Cowboy3

What makes a cowboy? In John Wayne movies and Louis L’Amour books, a cowboy is depicted as a hard-working man with integrity, willing to put in an....More
Jul 23, 2012

Ranchers Plan On Early Weaning4

With the drought drying up summer grasses, scorching the corn crop and limiting feed resources for cattlemen, many are already culling their cow-calf....More
Jul 19, 2012

Be An Advocate Not An Activist4

“The sustainability of the beef industry in the future is going to be intrinsically tied to reaching out to the consumer. I think that when you have....More
Jul 18, 2012

Check Out Our Drought Management Page4

Economists are calling this the worst drought since 1956. Consumers will soon be paying top-dollar for their groceries as the corn crop sizzles, and....More
Jul 17, 2012

Chandler Keys: Beef Industry Needs A Beef 101 Short Course2

Earlier this summer, BEEF magazine writers gathered for our annual planning meeting. While in Minneapolis, we had the opportunity to visit with....More
Jul 16, 2012

How’s Your Crop Looking?9

Things are looking a little crispy around my part of eastern South Dakota. Although we got around 9 in. of total rain in May, we haven’t seen a drop....More
Jul 12, 2012

What’s Your Take On The Final COOL Rule?9

I’ve been closely following as the World Trade Organization (WTO) considered the appeal case of the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) law....More
Jul 11, 2012

Sale Barns Are A Place Of Industry Vulnerability9

It’s every livestock producer’s worst nightmare -- a hidden video camera revealing a bad day. Even if it’s not animal abuse as producers define it,....More
Jul 10, 2012

Musings While Tinning The Barn Roof1

I don’t think there is anything more symbolic in agriculture than an old red barn. Take a drive through the countryside and you’ll see barns....More

Amanda Radke

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...
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