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 Jan 15, 2015

Help wanted: 8 reasons to pursue a career in agriculture

Agriculture is a fast-growing industry, with 56,000+ new jobs available in 2013. However, there is a shortage of young people ready and willing to....More
in BEEF Daily Jan 14, 2015

Do consumers equate cattle to pets? Plus: 4 photo galleries worth sharing

A new BuzzFeed article showcasing “cute” cattle seems to have resulted in some readers vowing to never eat beef again. How should the industry....More
in BEEF Daily Jan 13, 2015

3 emerging beef cuts gaining popularity

These three beef cuts are gaining popularity on restaurant menus across the country....More
in BEEF Daily Jan 12, 2015

Author promotes vegan ideology in new book

A book entitled, “The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision To Eat Animals,” encourages consumers to ditch meat. Here’s what ranchers need to know,....More
in BEEF Daily Jan 08, 2015

4 tips for managing cold stress in cattle this winter

As the temperatures drop, managing for cold stress in pregnant cows is critical. Here are four tips for managing cold stress in the herd this winter....More
in BEEF Daily Jan 07, 2015

The good, the bad, the ugly: ranch life celebrated, Mercy for Animals says ranchers sexually abuse cattle, Toyota features bulls

This week’s headlines all feature videos that put livestock production front and center. Here is a roundup of the good, the bad, and the ugly videos....More
in BEEF Daily Jan 06, 2015

New dietary recommendations presenting two-fold challenge for beef industry

A draft of recommendations for the 2014 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been circulating, and it’s left me wondering, “Where’s the beef?”....More
in BEEF Daily Jan 05, 2015

In the news: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin vs. PETA

The backlash against Sarah Palin’s photo of her six-year-old son standing on the family Labrador dog has sparked an interesting conversation about....More
in BEEF Daily Jan 01, 2015

4 ways to raise better beef in 2015

In 2015, my goal is to produce better beef. Here are four ways ranchers can raise a higher-quality product and keep consumers coming back for more....More
in BEEF Daily Dec 31, 2014

5 smart tips for sticking to resolutions in 2015

It’s easy to set resolutions for a new year, but it’s much harder to stick to them. Here are some tips for setting and achieving realistic goals in....More

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