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

in BEEF Daily Aug 11, 2015

Why agricultural education is desperately needed in elementary schools

Whether it’s volunteering at a state or county fair petting zoo or reaching out to elementary schools and sharing your agricultural stories in a....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 10, 2015

Why ranchers have more clout than Dr. Oz

This week, let’s take some notes from the 4-H Character Counts program and use trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 06, 2015

How the Washington Post got it wrong on cow burps and greenhouse gases

A recent article featured in the Washington Post suggests that cattle burps are the main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 05, 2015

Are county fairs valuable experiences for kids? PLUS: 5 great fair time blogs

County and state fair season is upon us. What are your views on programs like 4-H and FFA? Do you believe these programs teach kids about the....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 04, 2015

Why the death of Cecil the lion is relevant to beef producers

The death of Cecil of the lion has been a hot topic on social media lately. Here's why the debate matters to cattlemen and what we should really be....More
in BEEF Daily Aug 03, 2015

With expansion comes the responsibility to advocate

A 2% increase in the nation’s cowherd numbers indicates optimism is abundant in the beef cattle business. As new opportunities arise, producers have....More
in BEEF Daily Jul 30, 2015

Hay Talk Part 4: Tips for planting forages in late summer & early fall

Whether you’re short on stockpiled hay or looking to extend the grazing season, planting supplemental forages is one solution. Here are tips for....More
in BEEF Daily Jul 29, 2015

Why reaching out to Northeast consumers is key for boosting beef demand

Nearly 70 million people call the Northeast home; however, only 3% of the beef checkoff dollars are collected in that region. As a result, the....More
in BEEF Daily 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
in BEEF Daily 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

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