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 27, 2015

How youth Beef Ambassadors are tackling hot industry topics

The National Beef Ambassador Program is training youth spokespersons to advocate for the beef cattle industry. These youth advocates need support,....More
Jul 27, 2015

New poll asks about importance of rural development in small towns

Ranching families rely on the success of the neighboring small towns that support their rural communities, but as many rural areas lose young people....More
Jul 23, 2015

Hay Talk Part 3: Troubleshooting rain-damaged hay & inadequate fermentation

In this week’s “Hay Talk” installment, we are tackling two common haying problems — the costs of rain-damaged hay and the implications of inadequate....More
Jul 22, 2015

Peterson Brothers share message with 4-H kids about ag advocacy

As county fair season gets underway, let’s remember to instill the six pillars of Character Counts in today’s youth — responsibility, respect,....More
Jul 21, 2015

Satirical video sparks debate with Congress about healthy school meals

The nation’s school lunch program needs an overhaul, and the American Heart Association has created a satirical video to jumpstart conversations on....More
Jul 20, 2015

4 ag reads to kick off your Monday morning

From defending feedlots, to taking on Chipotle, to 4-H parents tackling county fair week and keeping kids busy on the ranch during summer, here are 4....More
Jul 16, 2015

Hay Talk Part 2: 6 resources for making haylage-in-a-day & bale grazing, processing

In week two of the “Hay Talk” series for July, BEEF Daily Editor Amanda Radke looks at two different methods to baling and feeding hay — haylage-in-a....More
Jul 15, 2015

Beef & GMOs Part 2: 5 facts about GMOs beef producers need to know

In week two of the “Hay Talk” series for July, BEEF Daily Editor Amanda Radke looks at two different methods to baling and feeding hay — haylage-in-a....More
Jul 14, 2015

3 ways Team Beef runners are making an impact

Team Beef members are great at promoting beef as a part of a healthy, active lifestyle to athletes and millennials. Here are three ways they are....More
Jul 13, 2015

Are beef producers prepared to defend GMOs?

Is consumer fear of GMOs an issue for beef producers? If so, how should the beef community respond? Today’s blog explores the issue and what beef....More

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