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Recent Stories by Amanda Radke, Freelance Writer

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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S.D. ranchers gift beef jerky to troops overseas

March 27, 2018 — As Easter fast approaches, families will be looking forward to attending Sunday church services, egg hunting with their kids and grandkids and gathering around the dinner table to enjoy a meal together. For the men and women serving our nation overseas, Easter will look a

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Got milk? Maybe too much

March 19, 2018 — Dairy producers are on edge right now with word that more than two dozen farmers across the country have lost their milk contracts. In early March, Dean Foods, who provides liquid milk for Walmart's Great Life brand, informed at least 24 producers who ship milk

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Gut feeling: Make sure your calves’ is a good one

March 14, 2018 — Want stronger calves at birth? Healthier calves at weaning? More fertile cows at breeding time? Higher gains in the feedlot? Who doesn't? The beef industry has spent decades individually researching the best production methods to achieve maximum performance and optimal health; however, the answer to

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Radke: The decline of rural populations

March 9, 2018 — In America, we have access to an abundance of some of the safest and most affordable food in the world. It's a luxury we often take for granted. After all, most of us don't have to hunt for meat, forage for fruits and vegetables, churn

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Collecting foot scores for improved structure

March 2, 2018 — A rancher's definition of the "ideal" beef animal may differ based on his or her opinions of body condition, muscularity, frame size, breed and overall appearance, but there's one thing every cattleman can agree on — structural integrity is the key to having cattle that

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Radke: Beef in the diet

February 2, 2018 — Health and wellness advice can be very contradicting at times. For example, we're told to avoid the sun to reduce our risk of skin cancer, but by doing so, we're becoming vitamin D deficient. Low vitamin D levels are often associated with cancer, cardiovascular diseases

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Radke: Eight things to accomplish in 2018

January 12, 2018 — Resolutions — nearly half of Americans make goals for the New Year, but very few actually stick to them. As we welcome 2018, let's make it our goal to follow through on our resolutions. I've listed my top eight areas that I plan to focus

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