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.

Posts by Amanda Radke

Jul 02, 2015

2015 barbecues will cost $68.22, says Rabobank; PLUS: 4 food safety tips for summer grilling

With Independence Day just two days away, here are some stats on what the weekend festivities might cost you. Plus, four tips for keeping safe at....More
Jul 01, 2015

Why coaching character is more important than winning cattle shows

In the season of 4-H county fairs, regional shows and junior nationals, let’s remember it’s about building up kids, not just winning accolades with....More
Jun 30, 2015

5 western novels to add to your summer reading list

What are the best western novels of all time? Beef up your summer reading list with these 10 suggestions....More
Jun 29, 2015

Prime Time Gala raises money to fight hunger; PLUS: 15+ photos from the event

More than 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. Here is how South Dakota cattlemen are joining together to fight hunger, promote....More
Jun 25, 2015

Summer Herd Health Part 4: 5 summer water quality tips

With the rise in temperature that summer brings, cattle need more water than ever, but is your water quality up to par? Here are five things to....More
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
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
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
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
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

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