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

Jun 03, 2015

4-H members are shining stars amongst America’s teens

While some kids are spending the lazy days of summer on the couch or by the pool, 4-H kids are dedicating their time to building leadership skills....More
Jun 02, 2015

4 lessons learned in my first year as a ranch mom

Being a ranch mom has its own set of challenges, but the rewards are also great. As her baby turns one, Amanda Radke reflects on her first year of....More
Jun 01, 2015

Is the term “farmer’s wife” out of date in 2015? Facebook weighs in

A new poll on beefmagazine.com asks readers, What do you think of the term “farm wife” or “ranch wife?” We asked readers on Facebook what they think....More
May 28, 2015

Family Ranching Series Part 4: 10 ways to sabotage family estate transfer plans

Do you know that a recent survey shows that 58% of farm and ranch families list not having an estate plan in place as the biggest threat to their....More
May 27, 2015

Who won the “Summer Grilling” photo contest? PLUS: Voters selected to take home a coffee table book

We’re wrapping up the “Summer Grilling” photography contest today. Find out which two photographers won the grand prize of a Greeley Hat Works hat....More
May 26, 2015

Last call: Choose your favorite summer grilling photo now

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite “Summer Grilling” photograph before noon to be entered to win a coffee table book with photography by David....More
May 25, 2015

American Sniper movie shines light on fallen soldiers this Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, we salute the fallen soldiers who sacrificed everything, so that we can be free. Today I share my thoughts on patriot and American....More
May 21, 2015

Family Ranch Series Part 3: Avoid these 3 mistakes when estate planning

Estate planning is a must for ranches to survive after the loss of a loved one. To avoid these three common mistakes, have a plan in place that will....More
May 20, 2015

New campaign promotes soil health; PLUS: 5 blogs on how cattle grazing helps soil

USDA’s “Hope in Healthy Soil” campaign promotes the importance of farmers and ranchers managing the soil to help the planet and feed the world. Share....More
May 19, 2015

Vote for your favorite summer grilling photo now

We announce the finalists in the “Summer Grilling” photography contest today; plus, help us select our champions!....More

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