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Recent Stories by Amanda Radke, Freelance Writer

Voice your opinion: WOTUS comment period open

February 11, 2019 — For farmers and ranchers, the Waters of the United States has long been a regulatory burden with unclear definitions that made managing waters within the confines of the law a difficult task. For years, the agricultural industry has been vocal about the challenges WOTUS has

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Cattle are critical for advancements in human medicine

February 8, 2019 — Beef by-products are the unsung heroes of a beef animal. As we grapple with fake meat companies and plant-based zealots claiming the environmental, nutritional, ethical and safe high ground, the reality is that beef animals enrich our lives on a daily basis. However, not many

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7 ways to effectively communicate agricultural science

January 3, 2019 — Who is ready to hit the ground running in 2019? We are going to need all hands on deck to appropriately and effectively communicate our agricultural stories in the New Year. One of my resolutions is to improve the way I present the messages I

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Breeders Connection 2019: Cow Burps & Climate Change–A Bunch Of Hot Air?

December 21, 2018 — Climate change is a big topic of discussion in the media today, and as consumers place a greater emphasis on reducing their carbon footprints, they are often being pressured to go meatless. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by OnePoll, plant-based diets are

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Don’t be buffaloed: Some companies identifying water buffalo as bison

December 18, 2018 — A recent report released by Tyson Foods revealed Americans want greater transparency in their foods. According to Tyson's predictions, "39 percent of consumers say they are willing to switch brands that use more transparent labels. New technology is providing everyone, not just experts and professionals,

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FCC head attends cattle sale to see how ag industry uses high-speed broadband to market cattle

December 10, 2018 — A new and surprising face was spotted at the Ginger Hill Angus annual production sale held a few weeks ago at the auction barn in Culpepper, Va. Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr was in the stands to witness the cattle sale and see how

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Radke: Farm to gym workout

December 7, 2018 — The beef industry has had some iconic champions over the years. The first who comes to mind is Sam Elliott, the famed actor with the deep voice who gave fame to the phrase, "Beef. It's What's For Dinner." Today's best beef advocates wear a variety

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Radke: Dorothy Stover Hall

November 11, 2018 — Last week was one of those times where you have a lot of balls in the air and looking back you wonder how you juggled them all without dropping one. Okay, maybe I dropped a few — the house didn't get cleaned and the dishes

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Slowing Down the Salt Path

October 9, 2018 — Producers living alongside the Upper James River may notice a white dusting covering chunks of their land.  It's not dirty snow; it's salt due to high salinity soils, and it's impacting 7.6 million acres of farmland in South Dakota.  Due to high water tables, salt

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Radke: Heart-healthy beef

October 5, 2018 — I recently had a conversation with my grandma about her doctor and the nutritional advice he gave her at her last appointment. She was upset that he told her to reduce her red meat consumption. A lifelong cattle woman with a freezer supply of homegrown

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Does Your Insurance Have Your Back?

October 4, 2018 — Insurance — it isn't fun to pay for, but in the event of a crisis, it's sure nice to have it.   While much of South Dakota received an abundance of rain in the summer of 2018 — a welcome reprieve from the previous year's drought

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Cattle producers learn about the benefits of ‘The Carnivore Diet’ at USCA’s annual meeting

September 9, 2018 — Beef producers from across the country gathered in Billings, Mont., on Sept. 5-6, for the 2018 United States Cattlemen's Association Annual Meeting and Cattle Producer's Forum. "This year, our discussions focused on the future of the U.S. cattle industry and how USCA will engage its

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Radke: Drugs in your meat? Not a chance

September 8, 2018 — The target on beef's back is bigger than ever, and nothing will prove this point more than an article that was published last week titled "Report: Banned drugs from antibiotics to antidepressants have been found in your meat." Published by Consumer Reports, the article claims

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Radke: Junk science

August 13, 2018 — There's a frustrating trend in the scientific community to have a predetermined end result of a study in mind before research ever begins. This is the case for so many things related to beef. If certain biased researchers had their way, they would have consumers

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Cattle futures 101: Fundamentals of industry marketing tool explained

August 7, 2018 — Today's cattlemen utilize a variety of different tools to be successful in the beef cattle business. From fencing pliers to genomic-enhanced EPDs for performance indicators, simple and complex tools of the trade help cattlemen complete the day's work and make decisions to increase profitability. One

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Judge dismisses Two Rivers’ suit against Welton Water

July 3, 2018 — The shareholders of the Welton Land & Water Co. have been fighting a long battle to maintain their senior direct flow water rights, which date back to 1861. These shareholders are farmers and ranchers raising diversified crops and livestock in their rural community along the

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Genomic testing might be another tool in the heifer selection tool box

June 15, 2018 — Rising input costs in the beef business have ranchers evaluating ways they can save and operate frugally to reduce costs and improve their profit margins. At the same time, more seedstock and commercial cattlemen are seeing the value in investing in genomic testing to determine

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Radke: Move over kale

June 8, 2018 — Despite consumption of beef declining in recent decades, America's favorite protein is still a punching bag for many of our nation's health woes. From cancer to diabetes to heart disease and more, everyone loves to point the finger at beef and ignore the fact that

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Radke: Fake meats

May 4, 2018 — Despite the loud and proud rantings of the meatless movement, just 7.3 million of the 325 million people in the United States follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle; however, an additional 22.8 million people follow a "vegetarian-inclined diet." Consumers may be basing their dietary choices

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Rakde: The livestock industry’s voice in the conversation about antibiotics

April 6, 2018 — Antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly hot button topic, and the livestock industry is going to continue to be a huge part of the discussion moving forward. As a whole, the industry has already made great strides in doing our part. With the introduction of

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