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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
Jul 09, 2012

Wheat Harvest In Full Swing3

The wheat turned a golden shade of brown, and was ripe for harvest this week. We rent some of our ground to Upland Colony, and they invited me to....More
Jul 04, 2012

The West Wasn’t Won On A Salad3

One of my favorite bumper stickers reads, “Because The West Wasn’t Won On A Salad, Beef It’s What’s For Dinner.” Aside from taking a jab at....More
Jul 03, 2012

What’s Your Favorite Part Of Ranching?4

There are six of us involved in my family’s cattle operation, and each individual is unique in what they like best about the beef business. This....More
Jul 03, 2012

What’s On Your Independence Day Menu?1

Did you know July is National Hot Dog Month? The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) has announced a new slogan to kick off the celebration....More
Jul 02, 2012

Let’s Give Bank Of America The Facts About HSUS38

It’s long past due that I blog about the latest corporation to endorse the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS). Bank of America is now offering a new....More
Jun 27, 2012

Exports Are Key To Rancher Success1

On Wednesday, I attended the 2012 Governor’s Ag Development Summit in Pierre, SD. The annual conference focuses on identifying key issues facing....More

Amanda Radke

Amanda Radke is a fifth generation rancher from Mitchell, S.D., who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s beef producers. A 2009 graduate of South Dakota State...
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