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 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
Jul 09, 2015

Hay Talk Part 1: Why cutting height and moisture levels matter

July is typically a busy month for baling hay; however, with excessive rains, some producers are finding it difficult to complete a first cutting....More
Jul 08, 2015

What you need to know about HSUS vs. Indiana Sen. Brent Steele

The Humane Society of the United States is facing an investigation for wrongful fundraising tactics in Indiana. What does this mean for America’s....More
Jul 07, 2015

New Facebook group showcases the many hats farmers & ranchers wear each day

A new Facebook group called “Farm Hats” is an “online coffee shop” that connects producers and consumers while sharing the agricultural story about....More
Jul 06, 2015

3 ways a veterinarian can benefit your ranch; PLUS: New poll asks how often you consult with your vet

This week’s poll asks, “How do you utilize the professional services your veterinarian offers?” Plus, BEEF Daily Editor Amanda Radke lists three ways....More
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

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