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Cattle, climate and the Amazon wildfire

August 30, 2019

“The Earth’s lungs are on fire. I’m so scared for this planet that I don’t even want to have children. I’m going to do my part to curb climate change by eliminating red meat from...


Beef Checkoff continues to serve ranchers

August 9, 2019

The Beef Checkoff — love it or hate it, our dollar per head is being invested in research, promotion and education, and has since its inception in 1988. This grassroots effort enables our industry to...


Activists target 4-H youth with vandalism at the county fair

August 2, 2019

As 4-H youth prepare for the county and state fairs, presenting their livestock before a judge is the culmination of a year’s worth of work. It takes time, dedication, consistency, patience and continually learning to...



The beautiful relationship between cattle and wildlife

June 6, 2019

After a long spring plagued by cool days, heavy rains and cloudy skies, our cow-calf pairs are finally out to pasture for the summer grazing season. The sun is shining, and even though things haven’t...


Despite backlash, vegans admit meat saved their health

May 3, 2019

Recently, Hollywood A-lister Anne Hathway made news when she admitted she quit being a vegan after a decade of following a meat-free diet. Hathaway, age 36, is an actress known for her appearance in films...


Fake meats: Will consumers bite?

April 12, 2019

Cell-cultured proteins. Lab meats. Fake meats. Petri-dish patties. Whatever you want to call them — they are a hot topic of discussions these days. Developed in “meat breweries” and proclaimed to be safer, cleaner, more...



Introducing ‘Can-Do Cowkids’

March 8, 2019

I’m a ranch mom to three beautiful, rambunctious cowkids — Scarlett, Thorne and Croix. When I became a mom, I realized there were very few agriculturally accurate children’s books available. More often than not, the...


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...


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...


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...





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...


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...


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...


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....


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...