POWER. POISE. PASSION. PURPOSE.
Amanda Radke may be only 5'2" but she packs a big punch in her keynotes speeches and workshops. Radke considers every minute on the stage a monumental opportunity to connect, educate, motivate, and inspire. She has a knack for weaving humorous, personal stories into important, timely topics. She leaves audiences hungry for more and ready to take action once they leave your event.
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Catch Amanda on the Road in 2023!
- SD Soil Health Coalition Convention, Sioux Falls, SD, Jan. 24
- Frontier Cooperative Ultimate Acre Grower Event, Omaha, NE, Jan. 27
- BHSS Sutton Rodeo "Women of the Western Industry," Rapid City, SD, Feb. 1
- Pipestone Public School Book Reading, Feb. 6
- Rock/Nobles Cattlemen's Association Meeting, Luverne, MN, Feb. 6
- Watertown Farm Show, Watertown, SD, Feb. 10
- Farm Women's Symposium, Bay City, MI, March 1
- Crawford County Cattlemen's & Farm Bureau Event, Bucyrus, OH, March 2
- Highland County Ohio Chamber Ag Event, Hillsboro, OH, March 3
- Darke County Cattlemen's Association, Greenville, OH, March 4
- Women In Ag Conference, Rock Island, IL, March 24
- Kansas Women In Ag Conference, Corning, KS, March 25
- Glasco Public Library, Glasco, KS, March 25
- 4-H Event, Larned, KS, March 26
- Holland FFA Banquet, Orange County, IA, March 27
- AgCarolina Farm Credit WIA Conference, Nashville, NC, April 4
- Maricopa County Fair, Phoenix, AZ, April 11
- Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative Workshop, Harrisburg, PA, April 14
- Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Association Conference, Altoona, PA, April 15
- NDSU Ag Week, Fargo, ND, April 21
- NALJA Board of Directors Meeting, Mount Vernon, SD, April 22
- Missouri Beef Days, Bolivar, MO, May 7
- Agtegra Intern Summer Kickoff, Aberdeen, SD, May 18
- Wyoming Bankers Association Ag Bankers Conference, Powell, WY, May 24
- Private Event, Janesville, WI, June 5
- Livestock Marketing Association's Annual Convention, Arcadia, FL, June 8-9
- American Highland Cattle Association 75th Anniversary Celebration, Chamberlain, SD, June 16
- Vogler Semen Centre 40th Anniversary Celebration, McCook, NE, June 22
- CHS CultivateHer Virtual Event, July 17
- Tennessee Cattlemen's Association, Sevierville, TN, July 21-22
- Arkansas Cattlemen's Association, Little Rock, AR, July 29
- Hungry For Truth Farm To Fork Event, Valley Springs, SD, Aug. 3
- Nebraska Women In Ag, Blair, NE, Aug. 8
- NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Conference, North Carolina, Aug. 12
- DakotaFest with Real Tuff Livestock Equipment, Mitchell, SD, Aug. 16
- Illinois Bankers Ag Banking Conference, Springfield, IL, Aug. 23
- Genetic Allies Sale, Mudge Farms - LaSalle, IL, Aug. 26
- County Line Seed, Inc. Customer Appreciation Night, Langford, SD, Sept. 14
- Lincoln County Cattlemen's Meeting, North Platte, NE, Sept. 20
- National Hereford Women Gathering, Desdemona, TX, Sept. 21-23
- Mitchell Catholic Parishes Theology on Tap, Mitchell, SD, Sept. 28
- Independent Insurance Agents of SD Crop Conference, Deadwood, SD, Oct. 3
- Point Pleasant Angus Annual Production Sale, Bland, VA, Oct. 7
- Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Oct. 9
- Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota Conference, Sioux Falls, SD, Oct. 12
- North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission, Benson, NC, Nov. 2
- SDARL Ag & Rural Leadership Event, Mitchell, SD, Nov. 10
- Utah Farm Bureau Business Meeting, Provo, UT, Nov. 16
- Ag Partners Conference, Red Wing, MN, Nov. 30
- Reverse Rocking R Ranch Production Sale, Maxwell, NM, Dec. 2
- CHS New Leaders Program, Minneapolis, MN, Dec. 6
Now Booking 2024 Events!
- 2024 NYBPA Annual Convention, Syracuse, NY, Jan. 19-20
- 2024 Cowgirls 'n Conservation, Watford City, ND, Jan. 26
- Farm Credit Services of America Side by Side Conference, Des Moines, IA, Feb. 9
- Tri-County Cattlemen's, Fairview Acres, Biggsville, IL, Feb. 10
- Ag Women In Engage Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, Feb. 22
- Kendall Grundy Beef Association, Morris, IL, March 2
- Northeast Iowa District FFA Convention, Waukon, IA, March 9
Topic #1: Meaningful Ag Advocacy Begins With Building Relationships
Agricultural Advocacy In Action Earns Premiums While Making Priceless Connections
Today’s consumer wants to know more about where their food comes from, but they aren’t getting their information from farmers and ranchers; they are getting their information from the loud voices of animal welfare activists, environmentalist zealots, biased media reporters, healthcare practitioners with plant-based agendas and celebrity influencers.
My work in this arena isn't superficial. I've been in the thick of things since 2006, when I staged a walk-out at the Carrie Underwood concert held at the National FFA Convention because of her affiliation and donations to the slick animal rights organization, the Humane Society of the United States.
Fast-forward to 2019, an open letter to Ellen DeGeneres responding to her push to #beneateatless meat, went viral on social media. Viewed tens of millions of times, this chapter in my advocacy work led to 50+ media interviews in just a few short weeks, which allowed me to debunk popular misconceptions about animal agriculture while becoming known as the "champion for agriculture" in the farming and ranching community.
Needless to say, I will not quit fighting against these politicians, celebrities and media giants who bash agriculture and perpetuate misconceptions. And I ask the audience to help me in this battle by doing three things -- leading with kindness, providing factual information, and being tough on those who want to put us out of business.
Focusing on consumer trends and how society really views food producers, this speech deep-dives into what these voices are saying about us and how we can most effectively respond as producers to protect our freedoms to farm, our freedoms to own livestock, and our freedom of choice at the grocery store.
What’s more, I discuss the regulatory pressures, the increasing demands from retailers and the myths that perpetuate these ongoing external challenges that aim to stifle producers and eliminate our industry, one family farm at a time.
I aim to motivate and inspire listeners, as well as give them the tools they need to succeed along the way. We have some laughs while covering some serious topics, as well. This is my most popular messaging request at agricultural events.
Topic #2: "Plant & Prune The Family Ag Business To Reap A Bountiful Harvest"
Navigating Dynamics of Multi-Generational Family Agricultural Businesses
When I returned back to the family ranch after college, I had a lot of big ideas for change! Imagine my frustration when my relentless pursuit for “doing things better” was met with skepticism and push-back from my parents. After all, they had been in the business for decades, and here I was a young kid fresh out of school who thought I could sweep in and change things up without first having some serious skin in the game.
If you work alongside family in your agricultural business, surely you can relate. The way we communicate as Millennial producers to our Baby Boomer parents isn’t always effective, and visa versa.
In addition, when you start adding in-laws, spouses and sibling dynamics to the big picture, it can be a huge challenge to keep the business running and to maintain the familial relationships at the same time!
That’s where I come in. As a fifth generation rancher raising the six-generation on our family operation, I’ve experienced the same challenges so many others have in agriculture. The message of this speaking topic focuses on clearly communicating with family members by understanding personality differences, age gaps and when/where/what should be discussed at family business meetings.
This speech is deeply personal, and often a heavy topic, but it comes from the heart, as well. It’s relatable, and I’ve had groups both laughing and crying throughout the presentation. Working alongside family can be a true blessing, but it can also be a curse. By sharing specific examples of success stories and of extreme failures, my aim of this speech is to help farming families stay in business, avoid pitfalls and love each other through good times and bad.
Topic #3: Shifting Our Mindset & Shaping New Opportunities In Ag
The pandemic was a challenging and heartbreaking chapter in American history. It revealed the vulnerabilities and cracks in our food supply. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of small businesses closed their doors for good. In the face of great uncertainty and factors beyond our control, Radke challenges her audiences to change their outlook, to look for new business opportunities where it appears none exist, and to pivot in creative and innovative directions in order to add value to their operations while serving as a high-quality supplier of safe, affordable, nutrient-dense food for consumers here and abroad. The overall message here is an empowering, motivating, inspiring theme that will have audiences exploring ways to INNOVATE. PIVOT. CONNECT. SERVE. And LEAD WITH POSITIVITY!
Topic #4: The Heart of Rural America
Amanda's new podcast, "The Heart of Rural America" highlights the amazing people she meets on the road. Their inspiring stories are motivational, inspirational, and touching. Along the dusty trail, Radke has noticed that in rural America, once thriving small towns now have main streets that are empty. As more young people pursue careers away from home, Amanda challenges families to help mentor, support, and encourage young kids and families to invest their time and talents at home in rural America, to ensure our farm and ranch communities remain strong. Community, fellowship, small businesses, and having a village to help us through life are the best attributes of rural America, and it's time we pay closer attention to ensuring its viability for future generations.
Topic #5: Classroom Visits
If I’m coming to your upcoming meeting, why not coordinate a classroom visit while I’m there? This is a nice add-on that helps me practice what I preach. We need to share our agricultural stories with our consumers, and kids are a great place to start! Young people, in particular, need to hear about what farming and ranching is really like, to balance out some of the nonsense about agriculture they see on Disney movies!
With my books, “Levi’s Lost Calf," "Can-Do Cowkids," "The Soil Quilt," "Beef Strong," and "A Home Run For Peanuts," I love visiting schools and sharing my agricultural story with students!
Topic #8: Activist Awareness - Are you prepared?
We often approach activist attacks with a “that’ll never happen to me”… until it does. In this session, Amanda Radke will share personal experiences her family and friends have had with animal rights activists and environmental extremists and break down what response methods and tactics we should leave in the dust.
This presentation provides updates on legislative items and ballot initiatives that may impact your way of life in agriculture.
"Amanda's work, words, and delivery style are an amazing combination of passion and purpose, celebration and appreciation. She’s an astute 'student' of the audience before she becomes a 'teacher' of great value. Her experienced and authentic voice in agriculture truly helps us to find our voice. Those of us privileged to hear Amanda’s presentations know that agriculture is richer because of the life-lessons shared from her experiences, the application of her messages and the tremendous value of her insight. It’s great to see her light the power within us as we work together to be part of her mission: to protect our freedoms to farm and our freedom of choice at the grocery store. - Jolene Brown, professional speaker, author, farmer and family business consultant
Decades of Speaking Experience
I gave my first speech in a 4-H contest at just eight-years old. The speech was titled, “What is a Limousin?” and detailed the history and benefits of the breed of cattle my family raises on our ranch in South Dakota. On the day of the speech, my mom asked me, “Are you nervous?” And I replied, “No, Mom. Should I be?” The speech earned me a purple ribbon, and from that day on, I was hooked with sharing information with people in a public platform.
I went on to speak competitively in 4-H and FFA through my high school years, always focusing on agricultural topics in every presentation. As a senior in high school, I capped off my youth speaking career in 2006, winning both the National Beef Ambassador contest (speaking about beef by-products) and the National FFA Extemporaneous contest (speaking about beef safety after the first BSE case hit the United States).
These two victories were the catalyst for my adult speaking career. While attending college, I began traveling to speak to agricultural groups across the country. Word-of-mouth helped get me gigs, and overtime, I developed my core messaging that I wanted farmers and ranchers to hear.
Fourteen years later, I have traveled extensively spreading my message to cattlemen’s groups, women in agriculture events, young producer meetings and more. While my heart and soul is in the beef industry, my messaging is applicable to anyone who raises any type of livestock, crops, timber, or energy, as well as consumer groups who want to learn more about where their food comes from. If you utilize natural resources to provide food, fiber or other goods for consumers, my story is for you.
With regular appearances on radio shows, podcasts, local television stations and even FOX News, I am well-trained in media communications and offer the added value to event planners of being able to help promote your conference in interviews and on social media.
With a strong, loyal and growing following on social media, your event's purpose can be further communicated on my platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), which can lead to more participation and interest in your event for years to come.
Thank you for considering me to be a presenter at your next event. It is truly an honor each time I am asked to speak!